Cypress Springs safety Leon O'Neal participates in The Opening Regional in Houston Feb. 4 (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

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Scouting the Fabulous 55: No. 29, safety Leon O’Neal

Texas wants this hard-hitting four-star safety. But then so does Alabama ... and Ohio State ....

Posted February 22nd, 2017

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Taking a closer look at our initial 2018 Fabulous 55 list of the state’s top recruits:

No. 29: Leon O’Neal, S, Houston Cypress Springs

FYI: 6-1/190; 4-stars

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Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Alabama, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Baylor

College: Texas A&M

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Scouting O’Neal: O’Neal plays the safety position with violence. He’s the type of player who would thrive in any era. O’Neal is happiest playing downhill. He’s the best run-support safety in the state and the hardest hitting secondary prospect in 2018. O’Neal carries his reputation with pride. He’s unafraid to physically challenge the top players in the state, as he did multiple times at The Opening in Houston on Feb. 4. He was one of the alpha males at the camp and he showed off impressive 1-on-1 coverage skills for a strong safety prospect.

O’Neal is garnering attention from programs across the country. Defensive back is a loaded position for the state in 2018 and O’Neal is one of the top prizes, especially at safety. He’s a big-bodied safety with a linebacker’s mentality. He prefers to play near the line of scrimmage or as a center fielder in coverage, but he’s also capable of making plays on the ball and locking down wide receivers in man-coverage. O’Neal is a complete player who will shoot up national rankings as his senior season approaches. Texas is in the mix, but the Longhorns face stiff competition.

The 2018 Fabulous 55

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
55.Tommy BushWRSchertz ClemensUndecided
54.Chasen HinesOLMarshall (5A)LSU
53.Jaquayln CrawfodATHRockdale (3A)Undecided
52.Julon WilliamsATHConverse Judson (6A)Undecided
51.Trent GordonCBManvel (5A)Penn State
50.Keaontay IngramRBCarthage (4A)Texas
49. Tanner McCalisterCBRockwall-Heath (6A)Undecided
48.Ke'von AhmadWRColleyville Heritage (5A)Undecided
47.Trey StratfordOTAllen (6A)Undecided
46.Tanner MordecaiQBWaco Midway (6A)Oklahoma
45.Jaylon RobinsonATHFort Worth Paschal (6A)Oklahoma
44.Quandree WhiteATHCollege Station (5A)Undecided
43.Miles BattleWRCypress Creek (6A)Undecided
42.Zadock DinkelmannQBSomerset (4A)Undecided
41.Jordon AustinCBLancaster (5A)Oklahoma
40.Tyrese HeardSTeague (3A)UAB
39.Trevon Moehrig-WoodardCBSmithson Valley (6A)TCU
38. Joshua FleeksWRCedar Hill (6A)Baylor
37. Jarell CherryDEDallas Carter (6A)LSU
36.Drue JacksonWRGarland Sasche (6A)Undecided
35.D'shawn JamisonCBHouston Lamar (6A)Undecided
34. Verone McKinley IIICBLewisville Hebron (6A)Undecided
33. Calvin AveryDTDallas Bishop Dunne (TAPPS) Undecided
32.Montel ParkerWRDickinson (6A)Texas A&M
31.Chad BaileyLBFort Bend Ridge Point (6A)Undecided
30. Isaiah HumphriesSGarland Sachse (6A)Penn State
29. Leon O'Neal Jr.SCypress Springs (6A)Texas A&M
28. Erik EzukanmaWRKeller Timber Creek (6A)Undecided
27. Jaylen WaddleWRBellaire Episcopal (SBC)Undecided
26. Stanley HackettRBPasadena Rayburn (6A)Undecided
25.Cam'ron JonesSMansfield (6A)Undecided
24. Craig WilliamsRBCrosby (5A)Undecided
23. Luke MatthewsOTFort Bend Elkins (5A)Texas A&M
22. Spencer SandersQBDenton Ryan (5A)Oklahoma State
21.Atanza VongorSSouth Grand Prairie (6A)TCU
20.Jordan MooreSYoakum (3A)Texas A&M
19. Bobby BrownDTArlington Lamar (6A)Undecided
18. Gabriel DouglasWRDenton Ryan (5A)Texas Tech
17.Bumper PoolLBLucas Lovejoy (5A)Arkansas
16.Alston OrjiLBRockwall (6A)Vanderbilt
15. Colten BlantonOTCypress Ranch (6A)Texas A&M
14. Jalen MaydenQBGarland Sachse (5A)Miss. State
13. Al'Vonte WoodardWRHouston Lamar (6A)Texas
12. Brennan EaglesWRAlief Taylor (6A)Texas
11. Keondre CoburnDTSpring Westfield (6A)Undecided
10. Mustapha MuhammadTEFort Bend Ridge Point (6A)Undecided
9. Jalen GreenCBHouston Heights (6A)Texas
8.Barton ClementOLFort Bend Marshall (5A)Texas A&M
7. Darrell SimpsonOTNorthwest (5A)Undecided
6.Malcolm EppsTESpring DeKaney (6A)Undecided
5. Jalen PrestonWRManvel (5A)Undecided
4.Caden SternsSCibolo Steele (6A)Texas
3. Max WrightDEKaty Taylor (6A)Texas A&M
2.BJ FosterSAngleton (5A)Texas
1. Anthony CookCBHouston Lamar (6A)Undecided

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