Leon O’Neal caused a stir on Feb. 27 when he abruptly announced plans to enter the transfer portal. This announcement, by a formerly elite prospect and a starter, seemed to make little sense. The Cypress, Texas native started 10 games for the Aggies in 2019 and looked to be a key piece of Texas A&M’s defense entering 2020.
Some two months later, O’Neal briefly addressed the subject by posting a video on Twitter, which featured the voice of a radio host asking whether O’Neal would transfer. The video was captioned: “I’m a Texas A&M Aggie.
O’Neal has since deleted the tweet. But he appears ready to play his junior season in College Station, where he’ll look to build on a campaign that saw him post 41 tackles, three tackles for loss, four passes defended and an interception.
As for what caused the transfer tweet in the first place, O’Neal’s trainer and mentor Ro Simon, who runs Fast 7on7, told 247Sports that O’Neal got too caught up in the moment and put a tweet out when he probably shouldn’t have.
Leon is overly passionate about the game of football,” Simon said. “Some people get it misconstrued with how he really is and how much he loves Texas A&M. Stuff just got really serious with him. He’s just really, really passionate about the game and is emotional.