Four-Star Safety Leon O’Neal Jr. Signs with Texas A&M

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    Leon O'Neal Jr.
    File photo. Four star defensive back Leon O'Neal has signed with Texas A&M. (Photo courtesy 247Sports).

    Jimbo Fisher’s making his presence known on the recruiting trail for Texas A&M.

    Four-star safety Leon O’Neal Jr., who decommitted in December, recommitted to the Aggies on Monday, February 5. He’s the third safety in Texas A&M’s 2018 recruiting class joining Brian Johnson and Jordan Moore.

    Leon O’Neal Jr.

    Ranked as the nation’s No. 8 safety by 247Sports, O’Neal Jr. chose the Aggies over Clemson and Oklahoma.

    “It was something that if you got a vision, you gotta take that vision,” O’Neal Jr. told Rivals.com. “This is our state, this is also about my name, who I am – I come from this area and this team needs us more than ever.”

    The Cypress, Texas native recorded 86 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in his 2016 junior campaign at Cypress Springs High School. Last year as a senior, he forced five fumbles and scored two touchdowns.

    “We watched him his freshman season and noticed his energy, enthusiasm and passion for the game,” Cypress Springs head coach Rick Cobia said to Hookem.com. “I knew if he developed into muscle we’d have a good football player. It has worked out well for him.”

    Following the season, he was named a U.S. Army All-American.

    O’Neal Jr. becomes Texas A&M’s seventh four-star recruit in the class and their second at safety.

    With Armani Watts off to the NFL, the eighth-best player in the state of Texas has an opportunity to make an instant impact.

    He’ll compete with junior Antonio Howard and rising sophomores Keldrick Carper and Derrick Tucker, along with the incoming Johnson and Moore, in the fall for playing time.

    With the high expectations in College Station, O’Neal Jr. is the type of player Texas A&M can rely on to meet its standards.

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