O'Neil remains committed

Brendan O'Neil, who committed to Wake Forest in June, put together another impressive season at Buckingham Brown & Nichols in Cambridge, Mass. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end recently received an in-home visit from his future position coach, Steed Lobotzke, and is set to take his official to campus in January.

"Coach Lobo was here not last weekend but the previous one," said Brendan O'Neil. "We went out to dinner together. Since I'm already a committed player, he didn't give me the big pitch. We just went over a couple of things about Wake Forest and got to know each other better. It was great to spend some time with him especially since he's the one who's going to be teaching me at the next level. I think he'll absolutely be able to help to improve my skill as a player and also as a person. He's a stand-up guy who went to the Air Force Academy. We get along great. He's a very nice guy to be around."

Since his season ended, O'Neil has been receiving all kinds of accolades. He was named to the All-Scholastic team in the Boston metro area, All-League (Massachusetts Independent Schools) and All-New England.

"We did okay this year," O'Neil said on his senior season. "We went five and three, but didn't make the Super Bowl. I had around 23 catches for 384 yards and eight touchdowns.

"My footwork really improved this year. We had a new coach, Alan Paquette, specifically for tight ends. He' had worked at the Division 1 level with Tom Coughlin at Boston College. Learning for him made a big difference the whole season. I made tremendous strides in my footwork from where I was at the start of the season to where I was when we finished."

O'Neil chose Wake Forest over offers from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Temple. He's made two trips to Winston-Salem this year in March and June prior to his commitment. Now he's preparing to make his first of 2013.

"I'm going to take my official visit on January 18th and stay from Friday to Sunday," he shared. "When I get there in the summer I didn't have any expectations. I know they red shirt 85-percent of their incoming freshman. Their idea is an 23 year-old is probably going to be a more productive player than an 18 year-old. My goal is to just keep getting better and wait for my shot. Hopefully in my second year in the program I'll have a good chance to make first string."

O'Neil is planning a Signing Day ceremony at his high school with all of the other BB&N athletes signing their letter of intent. He says he will don a Demon Deacon hat for the event.

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