Recruiting update: WR Kenny O'Neal

They say there's no substitute for speed and Oakland (Calif.) Skyline's Kenny O'Neal is just about as fast as it gets. Just don't call him a track guy playing football though as O'Neal makes no bones about what sport is his first love.

This seems to be a particularly strong year for football/track athletes and O'Neal is one of the elite. The 6-0, 190 pound athlete spent the last four years in Georgia before transferring back to California last spring in time for the track season.

"I grew up in Cali but I moved to Georgia in the 8th grade," O'Neal said. "I lived with my grandparents there. Basically, my family felt the schools were better out there which is why I moved. I wanted to come back home though, I missed it out here so I moved back in with my mom late last year and I'm really happy with how things have gone for me."

O'Neal made an immediate impact at Skyline in track finishing second in the state 100m to current Arizona freshman running back Chris Henry and then smoked Henry and the rest of the field just a few weeks later winning the 100m at the prestigious Golden West Invitational with a personal best 10.48 clocking.

"I like track but football is definitely my favorite sport and my first love," O'Neal said. "I'll do both in college but football is my sport. I definitely don't see myself as a track guy on the football field. I don't just run streaks down the field. I play some running back and defense and work hard on my hands and route running. Everyone we play against always has their corners like 10 yards off me so I have to run a lot short hitches and underneath stuff but it's made me a better player."

O'Neal has set up his first recruiting visit with Washington for (Dec. 12). The rest of his top five consists of USC, Oregon, Tennessee and Florida and all but the Trojans and Vols have offered.

"USC and Florida are recruiting me as a receiver, Washington as a cornerback and Oregon and Tennessee as an athlete," O'Neal said. "I really don't care, I just want to play whatever gets me on the field as fast as possible."


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