Buckingham, Browne & Nichols tight end Brendan O'Neil told correspondent Roger Brown last night that he committed to Wake Forest for the 2013 season, earlier in the day.
O'Neil, a Burlington resident, is a two-star tight end who also held offers from UConn, UMass and Temple at the time of his commitment.
"Brendan had some great options with Wake, UConn and UMass," BB&N head coach John Papas wrote in a statement to ESPNBoston.com. "In the end, he felt like the combination of football and academics at Wake were the best fit. He was very thorough and visited twice. The visit last week sealed the deal. What Wake is getting is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound athlete who can block at the line of scrimmage but can also stretch the field. More than anything, he's a relentless competitor."
Scouts Inc. offers a favorable evaluation of O'Neil, the full breakdown of which you can find HERE.
With O'Neil you seem to get a kid who plays hard and gets the job done. He has solid overall size, but doesn't look quite as big as his listed measureables, but he does look to have a frame that can support additional good mass with time in a college weight program. He is a pretty solid receiver who displays the ability to consistently catch the ball away from his body. He demonstrates some body control to be able to adjust to passes thrown a little off target. After the catch displays marginal ability to elude defenders, but is a tough kid who will fight for yards and quickly get up-field and get what he can. As a blocker he does a good job of getting hands on. He displays solid playing strength and the ability to generate leg drive and create some push.