Canterbury’s Brent O’Neal decided on attending the Citadel about a month ago, and he didn’t waver from that decision. The school’s all-time leading rusher signed with the Bulldogs during a ceremony Wednesday morning at the school’s theater.
"It’s a big stress relief,’’ O’Neal said. "I didn’t sleep a whole lot last night.’’
O’Neal rushed for over 4,800 yards and scored 79 touchdowns in his four years with the Crusaders. He chose the Citadel over Navy, Presbyterian, Wofford and Florida International.
He said he plans to report to the South Carolina school in June.
"I like the fact that you have the option to go into the military if you want,’’ O’Neal said. "I like the discipline there. I think there is a bright future after you graduate from there. Football doesn’t last forever.’’
Before O’Neal signed his letter of intent, a highlight reel from his senior season was shown to crowd of fellow students. The reel was full of long runs and big hits, something Canterbury fans have grown accustom to over the past four years.
"It seems like just last year I was a freshman,’’ O’Neal said.