Glenwood wide receiver Cameron O’Neil thought he was ready to announce his college plans. Then, the rising senior had second thoughts.
O’Neil tweeted about his plans to verbally commit sometime this week before backing off that idea on July 15. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound O’Neil has already narrowed down his choices to five schools but explained he’s not quite ready to say who’s No. 1.
“I felt like I needed to think harder about my decision and think things through,” O’Neil said. “I just want to make sure I make the right decision.”
Waiting on committing I need more time to think!— cam (@cameron6_oneil) July 16, 2017
O’Neil named Illinois, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Troy and Virginia as his top five schools on June 16. O’Neil explained he is still considering all five schools and hopes to narrow it down to two or three teams sometime next month. His goal is to verbally commit before the season starts.
O’Neil explained he has a pretty good idea of what he wants to see from his would-be school.
“I’m looking for a school where I can come and make an impact right away,” O’Neil said. “I want a school that’s a family, that I feel comfortable at and that will make me a better person.”
In Glenwood head coach Jason Gibson’s eyes, the school who lands O’Neil will be getting a good one.
“He’s the best player on the field,” Gibson said. “He can run, he catches the ball better than anybody in this area, he’s physical and he can block. He’s the prototypical Division I football player. He’s what you’re looking for.”
Gibson said O’Neil is a player opponents specifically have to gameplan around in order to keep up with Glenwood. While Gibson luckily has another season to work with O’Neil, before too long, O’Neil will be gracing the fields for a college football program.
O’Neil gave a glimpse at the kind of person the fans of his future team will be cheering on before too long.
“A player that will bring energy and excitement,” O’Neil said. “They will just get to watch a great football player play. That’s what every college wants out of a player.”
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