"I committed to Mississippi State last night," O'Neal Wilder. "I chose them because it is close to home and I felt comfortable there."
Not only will he play football, but he's also going to participate in track at State.
"They been after me since the summer when they offered me a track scholarship," said O'Neal. "I'm going to be running the 400 and 200 for them."
His head coach believes MSU is getting a big-time talent in O'Neal.
"I think he is, by far, the biggest sleeper in the state (of Mississippi)," said Carthage High School head football coach Pete Lucovich. "I know there's nobody any more athletic than he is; to play in the all-star basketball game, to run the fastest quarter in the state, then do what he did on the football field. I don't believe you are going to get a better talent than that. I think there is a lot of upside to him and a lot of good stuff for him in his future."
His upside is not only due to how talented he is, but how new he is to the game of football.
"He has only played football for a couple of years, so a lot of people didn't know about him," said Pete, "but once they saw film on him they knew what he could do."
And five of those schools that saw him wound up offering him a scholarship.
"I had offers from Miami, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, the University of Houston and Jackson State," said O'Neal.
Watch O'Neal in action in this 2006 season highlight video.
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