More than 30 schools sought the services of Conway football standout Raiqwon O’Neal.
While many left a good impression, only one of them was perfect.
The Tigers’ senior offensive lineman verbally committed to Rutgers on Wednesday during WPDE’s 6 p.m. live news broadcast. He selected the Scarlet Knights over South Carolina and Maryland, who also were finalists in their pursuit of O’Neal’s services.
“The people there, (they) were amazing,” the Conway offensive lineman said during the broadcast. “The campus was amazing, the city was amazing. Everyone had energy, liked to hype you up even if you were dead, they’d bring you back to life.”
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O’Neal also cited Rutgers’ graphic design program a deciding factor in him choosing to head north for the next four years.
According to 247 Sports, O’Neal is a three-star recruit. He is No. 21 among gridiron recruits in the Class of 2018.
In addition to the Gamecocks and Terrapins, respectively, other schools hoping to land the 6-foot-5, 265-pound lineman included Charlotte, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State, Penn State, Purdue, Wake Forest and Virginia among others.
Of that group, South Carolina and Maryland were finalists in their pursuit of O’Neal.