O'Neill: 'I Loved Everything About the Visit'

Visiting his third and final school, Florida linebacker Conor O'Neill was in attendance for the Ohio State weekend and was impressed by the hospitality he received and the experience he had in Madison.

MADISON - On his third and final stop on his college official visit tour, linebacker Conor O'Neill saw the best of what the University of Wisconsin (minus a victory) had to offer.

"It was definitely a great atmosphere there," O'Neill told Badger Nation. "The Jump Around was something. Even the recruits were getting into the game on Jump Around. I could only ask for a couple more things and that would have been more points all on Wisconsin's side. I wish that Wisconsin could have gotten the win and that the band could have been there, but things happen and it was still a wonderful atmosphere.

"It was a little chilly," he added, "but it wasn't too bad, especially since I had a long sleeve T-shirt."

Arriving on Friday, O'Neill met with Coach Partridge (his recruiting coach) Coach Doeren (defensive coordinator) and Coach Bielema to chat and watch some film. Afterward, O'Neill got a tour of the Wisconsin campus and got to see the business school in Grainger Hall, quick tour of the whole campus. That night, O'Neill went out with both Coach Partridge and Aaron Henry.

"He was a really nice guy," O'Neill said of Henry. "We basically saw everything I needed (to see). We got a tour of the facility, saw the academics buildings and the heart of the city. We stayed right across from the Capitol building. I loved everything about the visit."

After visiting Clemson (a 27-9 win over North Carolina State) and Auburn (a 26-21 loss to LSU), O'Neill is planning on sitting down with his parents and his coaches tonight to determine a rank of his top three schools (Auburn, Clemson and Wisconsin). From there, O'Neill could be ready to commit to a school as early as tonight.

"I don't really have a timetable but I do know that it's going to be within the next week or two," he said. "Whether it is today or in two weeks, I am not sure. Once my parents and head coach decide on a rank, I am going to make sure we chose the right school.

The team's second leading tackler (67 stops, including 16 for loss, seven sacks) a season ago, O'Neill St. Thomas Aquinas looks poise to defend its Florida 5A state championship. Already at 4-0 on the season, O'Neill says his team's philosophy is a lot like the Badgers, go 1-0 every week.

"Our offense is having a great season, our defense is stepping up and we're just taking it one game at a time, playing each game like it is our last."

Whether he chose to play for the Badgers next season or not, O'Neill thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Madison and got the impressive that the coaching staff thoroughly enjoyed having him as their guest.

"I have a great relationship with all three of the coaches I have been talking to," O'Neill said. "Every single coach I ran into, like Coach McCray, made me feel like they really wanted me there. I had a great time being around the whole team."

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