Onasis Neely doesn’t have a scholarship offer from Syracuse yet, but at this point it feels like it’ll be surprising if he doesn’t get one. The 5-foot-11, 184 pound class of 2018 prospect visited Syracuse for the Virginia Tech game, and on Tuesday was good enough to catch up with us a little bit on how his season and recruiting process are going.
Neely is putting up massive numbers for East Pennsboro, with 1,400 rushing yards and 233 receiving yards (not to mention 20 rushing touchdowns and one more through the air). He’s gone over 200 yards in each of his last two outings, including 224 yards and four scores in a win on October 21.
“My season is going great,” said Neely. “My offseason work has been paying off and it’s shown on the field. We’re 6-2, and going to play a rival [Camp Hill] this week, which is going to be fun at this point of the season.”
Neely, who plays in the same league that produced the likes of LeSean McCoy and Curtis Artis-Payne, is currently leading that conference in rushing. But right now, he’s focusing on finishing the season strong with his team.
“We put ourselves in a position where every game is a playoff game, because if we lose one more the odds of us going to the playoffs are slim to none. But as of right now, we are in the playoffs.”
Neely’s recruitment is on the verge of taking off, but for now he’s still figuring out what he’s looking for in a college. Right now, he isn’t sure what he wants to major in, so narrowing schools based on what they have to offer is a bit down the road for the 2018 prospect. Of course, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been hearing from a lot of big-time programs.
“My recruiting is going good,” said Neely. “I’ve been hearing from Syracuse, Michigan State, Rutgers, Pitt, Marshall, and a lot more. I have yet to receive an offer but I’d say my recruiting and season are going good.”
In terms of the type of running back Neely is, he’s got a good combination of size and speed. He’s a back who can break tackles but, when watching his film, what stands out most is his ability dart away from tacklers and use his agility and quickness to create space and make defenses pay with their inability to wrap him up.
“I would say I can create plays,” said Neely when asked about how he’d describe his game. “Vision, quickness, and being shifty. My weakness is learning the new high and tight philosophy and I feel I need to run with my pad level a little lower.”
Neely’s got a big future ahead of him, and Syracuse should certainly be in the mix for his services going forward. Stay tuned, this is a recruitment Orange fans need to keep an eye on.