Wade O'Neill Excited to Play for San Jose St!

In our ever enduring commitment to bring the fans of San Jose State exciting articles on the SJSU athletics programs, the players, and it's staff, we bring to you this exclusive article on SJSU's first commitment for the 2008 season! Wade O'Neill is a hard pounding, bruising linebacker that is excited to build his career with the Spartans. See what Wade has to say about playing for Sparta!

Hello San Jose State Fans!

Thank you for posting my submission on SpartanThunder.com.

I am extremely excited to be a part of the Spartan family!

Here's a little bit about myself.

As of right now, I am 6,1" 225 and have maintained a 4.58 40 yard time. I have not stopped training since our seasoned ended. Football is my life and something that I have a unconditional amount of passion for.

My training regiment consists of lifting six days out of the week and on Tuesdays, Thursdays, as well as Saturdays I work on speed and core strength.

I love to compete and one of my goals is to see the field as a true freshmen. As far as my high school career went, I am a 4 year letter winner which means I have been playing on the varsity team since my freshman year.

As a freshman, I was named the MVP of the team.

My sophomore year, I was named as one of the team's captains. I was also moved to the offensive side of the ball to played running back. That year I scored 12 touchdowns and was named to the all Sierra League team.

My junior year, I was back where I belonged -on defense- playing middle linebacker where again I was named to the all Sierra League team.

That year I broke the schools record for the most tackles in a game with 20 against Norco. My senior season, I was moved to outside linebacker because my coach said they needed my speed on the outside.

Again I was named to the all Sierra League team. I was also named to the all Inland Valley team and was named Defensive player of the year! The recruiting process was fun but I am glad it is over and that I have found a home at San Jose State.

I was being recruited by Oregon, Oregon State, USC , Arizona State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Boise state, Fresno state, Hawaii, Colorado, UTEP, BYU, and some other schools but these were the ones that I was considering.

I visited all of those schools unofficially. My last visit was to San Jose in October. Before I got on the plane to go back home, I knew that I wanted to play for Coach Tomey and the rest of his staff. I have so much respect for them. They were very honest and straight forward.

It also helps that I have a very close family friend in defensive end Justin Cole that already plays there. It was nice to hear about the program from a player. People often ask way I chose to play in the WAC over the PAC-10 or BIG-12?

The conference does not matter to me. I just want to play football and be some where that I will be comfortable and have fun doing it.

Plus, I Know San Jose can play with any team in the country!!

I cannot express my love for this game. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

God Bless,


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