Lining up at center on offense, Newsome (Lithia, Fla) standout Conor O’Neal helped lead the way to better than 170 yards per game on the ground. On defense, he was equally impressive, finishing up the 2008 season with 35 tackles and six sacks from his defensive tackle spot. O’Neal was named all-conference for his efforts.
O’Neal’s production on the gridiron didn’t go unnoticed by college scouts as he picked up late season offers from Wisconsin, NC State and Boston College. With a trip with the Badgers under his belt, O’Neal made his second official visit this weekend to NC State. He talked with Pack Pride about the experience.
“It went really well,” he said. “The players were cool. I like the coaching staff. It was a family type environment and it was a good visit. Wayne Crawford hosted me. He was saying it’s a good place, a young team. They’re getting a lot of good players down there and it’s a championship team in the making.
“Coach Swepson is recruiting me and I love him. He was the first coach that came down to talk to me. He was the first coach to offer me and he’s a done a good job and State is in high regards as my college choice. They were telling me the mechanics of how they play and how they set up scrimmages. They set up three scrimmages and how you perform in that is how you get to dress and I just heard a lot of good things about it.”
Although his visit to NC State apparently couldn’t have gone any better, O’Neal plans to follow through with an earlier promise to complete his official visits with a trip to Boston College.
“I’m planning to make Boston College my last visit. I’ll be going there next weekend. I’ll be deciding after that visit or sometime during the next week.”
At this point O’Neal isn’t naming any favorites but it does appear the Wolfpack is in good shape.
“I’m not comfortable saying who my top team is until I take all my visit with Boston College but NC State has always been one of my top choices. I’ve already seen Wisconsin but I haven’t seen Boston College so I don’t really know how to judge all three until I get the full experience.”
O’Neal has not been rated by Scout.com.