Signing Day Capsule: Dann O'Neill

O'Neil has a great frame and long arms. For a player his size, he has great footwork, good quickness and speed, especially inside the tackle box. He can pull, run and get to the 2nd level quickly. O'Neil is off the ball fast and is a super drive blocker. He's aggressive and very physical. (Video included)

Dann O'Neill
Offensive Tackle 6'8/290/5.2
Grand Haven (Grand Haven, MI)
NR: **** - Position Rank: 14 Player Video
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His Recruiting Story:

West Michigan doesn't exactly pump out loads of college football prospects, but recently, the lakeshore has produced top names like Kevin Grady and Ronald Johnson. In the summer of 2007 though, there was a lot of buzz around a big lineman in Grand Haven, not a school known for its football prowess, but this was supposedly a serious college prospect.

Dann O'Neill turned out to be just that. A 6'8, 290-lber who the Buccaneers pulled because he had the athleticism to do so. Also a fine wrestler, O'Neill placed in the states on the mats.

The recruiting came fast for him. Purdue came with an early offer, schools like Nebraska, Florida State and UCLA would follow. It was in March that the Wolverines would offer and O'Neill jumped at the chance to play for the maize and blue. He came to Ann Arbor for a spring practice and it was there that he became the team's second verbal commitment of the year.

"I decided it was the best decision I could make," O'Neill said. "I talked to my dad about it and went ahead and did it. I talked to Coach Stripling about it first, "then I talked to Coach Moeller and they eventually took me to Coach Carr. They were pretty excited about it."

O'Neill would never waver during the coaching search and by the end of his senior season, had established himself not only as one of the state's best, but the nation's best as he was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game.

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O'Neill passes the eye test, that is for sure. He is massive, but in an athletic way and he moves his feet better than expected for such a big person. He has the feet to project as a left tackle, although he could play right as well. He must add some weight and strength, but he has all the tools needed to be a starter at Michigan one day.

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