The one thing the Georgia Bulldogs won’t scoff at is the possibility of adding more linebackers to the depth chart. The 3-4 commands great rushers off the edge who know how to make a quarterback nervous. Johnny O’Neal flew silently under the radar a bit last season, even with offers from Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, and South Carolina, but after a big junior season at West Laurens High School in Dublin, GA. (137 tackles, 12 tackles for loss), the rising senior could likely write his own ticket. That said, he appears to be smitten by the Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia was one of the last schools to offer O’Neal a scholarship, but that keep him from making the decision to list them as one of his top schools. His criteria is simple, he wants to play early (specifically in a 3-4 scheme), get a good education, and play close to home.
All of those criteria would appear to work in Georgia’s favor but O’Neal hasn’t made his decision just yet as Georgia Tech also has a chance to make a play for this coveted in-state play maker.
At 6’2″, 225lbs, and running a 4.6 40-yard dash, you can imagine that no matter where he chooses to play (a decision is likely to come this summer) his other suitors aren’t likely to give up their pursuit of him. Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee continue to heap lots of love and attention on O’Neal as well.
However, at the end of the day, I see this coming down to Georgia Tech and Georgia—with Georgia holding the edge.