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Blog: A few minutes with UGA commitment Johnny O’Neal

National Signing Day is a week from Wednesday.

Georgia coaches are still trying to land some important final pieces to this signing class.

It will be a key weekend in Athens with a handful of official visits.

Defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Dooly County), linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala.) tailback Alvin Kamara (Norcross) and defensive end Davin Bellamy (Florida State commitment from Chamblee) are visiting.

Georgia already has 29 commitments for this class.

I caught up with linebacker Johnny O’Neal from West Laurens High School in Dublin earlier this month.

The 6-foot-1, 240-pound O’Neal gave his verbal to Georgia last March.

Q: Where does Georgia see you fitting into what they’re doing on defense?

A: Inside linebacker. I’ll be playing my same position of inside linebacker.

Q: Alec Ogletree, Christian Robinson and Mike Gilliard are all gone from last year’s team at that position. What do you think of your opportunity?

A: Hopefully, I can go on in and start since Ogletree left. It’s all just a matter on if I work harder than other guys. I’m sure I will, but it’s not going to come easy. I’ll just have to fight through all the workouts and all the conditioning.

Q: What do you think you do best on the field?

A: Just filling in the gaps and running downhill and playing sideline to sideline. My coverage skills are the weakest part of my game. That’s what I feel like I need to work on.

Q:Was Georgia where you wanted to go all the time or were other schools in the mix?

A: Other schools were in the mix like Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. Georgia was the one that stood out the most for me.

Q: Did you grow up a Georgia fan?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: Did you have favorite player?

A: I grew up watching David Pollack and all of them.

Q: What kind of impact do you think this large signing class will have on the program?

A: Hopefully, we’ll be like a good, young team because of all the freshmen coming in. We’re kind of young and inexperienced on the college level, but if we come in and work hard and play fast, we should be just fine.

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