Shane O'Neill, whose recruiting took off following both his play at the Sarasota Academy Showcase in December and being named MVP of the High School All-American Game a week later in Birmingham, Ala., has verbally committed to Virginia, ESPNHS learned Wednesday morning.
The Class of 2012 prospect plays club soccer for the Colorado Rapids under-17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy program. O'Neill has played in three of the team's five matches, scoring two goals. The Rapids are currently undefeated.
In high school soccer, he earned all-state recognition while playing at Fairview (Boulder, Colo.). Although he is considered a midfielder, he is versatile enough to play any position on the field. In fact, he was a defender at the All-America game, yet is more of an attacking player in high school and club soccer.
O'Neill, who holds dual U.S. and Ireland citizenship, is part of a strong Virginia recruiting class that also includes Zachary Carroll of Michigan, Brian James of Florida, Darius Madison of Pennsylvania, Jordan Poarch of Delware, Marcus Salandy-Defour of Maryland, Scott Thomsen of New Jersey and Todd Wharton of Virginia.