BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leon O’Neal was nearly teammates with LSU tailback Derrius Guice.
The 4-star safety instead committed to Texas A&M over the Tigers last month and has since had a very public Twitter battle with Guice.
First, Guice posted a hype video ahead of his junior season at LSU. That led the newly minted Aggie verbal commit to fire back, which he believes reflects the type of defensive back he aspires to be.
“The backstory is that I’m a respectful person. I never disrespect people,” O’Neal told SEC Country on Sunday at The Opening Finals. “I’m more of the ambitious type of guy who is very confident in his game. I don’t expect anything else. I’m the kind of defensive back you’d want on your team. You watch guys like Josh Norman, Richard Sherman … they got mouthpieces. Earl Thomas is the humble type who works hard.
“I’m a different caliber defensive back. He [Guice] is a beast. I said something and he called me a little boy and that he ran this much on your school. Well, I’m still in high school. He fired back, which is kind of lame, but he’s a beast. He’s unstoppable.”
While the Twitter exchange caught a ton of buzz, the truth is that it was harmless.
O’Neal has no beef with Guice and he doesn’t expect that LSU’s running back has a legitimate problem with him. In fact, if they were both to eventually meet, he’d expect they’d get along quite well.
“I’m sure if I met him right now, we’re not going to fight or something stupid,” O’Neal laughed. “I’d probably joke around, clown him. I’m in high school and he’s going to the league. Like dude, I want to go against a guy like you soon. He’s the kind of guy I want to be battling against, not high school guys.”
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— Leon O'Neal Jr 9️⃣ (@WakeEmUp9) June 28, 2017