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O'Neal is not a 'me' player

Coach says college coaches watching practice improves entire team's play

Updated: February 13, 2012, 5:48 PM ET
By Kipp Adams | DawgNation
Johnny O'Neal (Dublin, Ga./West Laurens) -- like Reuben Foster (LaGrange, Ga./Troup) -- was one of the first prospects to emerge in the 2013 class. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker's freshman highlights garnered much praise and resulted in several BCS offers, including one from the Georgia Bulldogs. But even with a promising start to his high school career, O'Neal has come a long way in his development in the last year, and he was recently in Athens to see where he ranked on the Bulldogs' board.

According to how O'Neal was treated, he might be pretty high on the list.

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Kipp Adams/ESPN.comClass of 2013 ILB Johnny O'Neal said last season's NFTC event was an eye-opener for him, going up against the likes of Georgia commit Quayvon Hicks and top in-state RB Mike Davis.
"I liked the way the Georgia coaches treated me during my visit." he said. "They made me feel like they wanted me there and it might be my second home after high school, but I am not sure just yet. I like Athens, and one thing I like about Coach [Mark] Richt is that he is a really religious guy"

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