There were a number of Syracuse football recruits in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, and what a hell of a good time to have them on campus. With Syracuse upsetting No. 17-ranked Virginia Tech to keep the team’s bowl hopes alive, one of the 2018 recruits in the stands was running back Onasis Neely.
Neely has been on Syracuse’s radar for several months, with Scout.com reporting interest by Dino Babers and his coaching staff back in May. But today, with the likes of 2017 commits Tommy DeVito, Sharod Johnson, Eric Coley, Russell Thompson-Bishop, and Tyrell Richards all in attendance, Onasis was among the 2018 prospects also in town to check out the Orange.
— Onasis Neely (@neely_onasis) October 16, 2016
The 5-foot-11, 184 pounder from Enola, Pennsylvania comes from the same high school (East Pennsboro) that sent quarterback Austin Wilson to Syracuse. So far this season, the shifty tailback has rushed for 1,176 yards with 16 touchdowns, averaging 7.6 yards-per-carry. He’s also hauled in 19 passes for an additional 208 yards and another touchdown.
Last night, on the eve of checking out the Orange, Neely had one of his best performances of the season. The dynamic runner piled up 221 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in a 49-28 victory. Neely scored on runs of 51, 4, 22, and 45 yards. So far, Neely doesn’t have any offers but that should change quickly. He’s putting up big numbers in a football-rich state, and boasts a solid combination of size and speed.
Neely is also receiving interest from the likes of Rutgers and Pittsburgh. Check out his highlights from 2015 below.