O'Leary Commits to UAB

One of the top interior offensive linemen in the Sunshine State made his college choice on Friday when Venice C/OG Brian O'Leary pledged to UAB. At 6'2, 270 O'Leary was a star at Center as a junior and has shown his versatility playing all over the OL and DL as a senior.

"I committed to UAB because they did a great job showing me that they really wanted me, I like Coach Hilton and I feel UAB is a program where I will fit in and have the opportunity to excel both on and off the field." O'Leary was being recruited by USF, FAU, and Murray State.

O'Leary has really impressed as a senior playing multiple positions, "UAB is recruiting me as an interior linemen, either OG or C, it does not really matter to me which I play, I just like to get after it on the field."

He is really looking forward to his official visit, "The date is not set, but it will most likely be after the season, my team mate Beckett Wales will visit with me and it would be great to have the opportunity to play with him again in college."

Speaking of the season, Venice (#15 SunStateFootball Top 25) has rebounded from an out of state loss to Oscar Smith (VA) in the opening week and has a huge game this week with rival Manatee, "We are really focused on getting prepared for Manatee. It is a big game, always a big battle with them, and this one is for the District title. Our defense has been awesome, we have the complete package there on that side of the ball. Keep an eye on our sophomore Amari Phillips, he is going to be a big time recruit in a few years."

While QB Trey Burton (commit to Florida) has garnered most of the attention, this senior class has been the backbone of back to back playoff appearances, "We have accomplished a lot together, but we still feel like we missed an opportunity last year, hopefully this year is different and we can get to Orlando for the State Championship." Getting there will more than likely mean they will have to beat St. Thomas along the way, "We are not looking that far ahead yet, Manatee is our focus right now, and we may need to play them twice (again in the playoffs), but it would be great to get to play them down the road. We respect what they have accomplished."

With a 2.7 and 870, O'Leary is fully qualified.

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