One of the best players in the class of 2018 is re-opening his recruitment, and he’s the son of arguably LSU’s greatest ever player.
Shareef O’Neal, son of LSU great Shaquille, announced he would be re-opening his recruitment in the wake of the FBI’s investigation landing on the doorstep of Arizona, the school he signed with in November.
A five-star prospect by Rivals.com and a four-star by 247Composite, which ranks him the No. 33 player in the country, Shareef is a 6-foot-9 power forward with less bulk but more skill than his father. He has a near 7-foot wingspan with a jumper that stretches to the 3-point line.
LSU offered Shareef in 2015, when Johnny Jones was head coach. Whether or not Will Wade can get into the mix remains to be seen, but in an interview with Tiger Rag last week for an upcoming story, Shaq indicated – before news of Arizona’s issue became public – he’d pushed Shareef to sign with LSU, while maintaining a respectful distance and letting his son make his own decision.
“I just sat back and let my son make his own choice, and that was Arizona,” Shaq said. “And believe me, I was pushing for LSU. I was really, really pushing. I was like, ‘Please go to LSU.’”
LSU already has the No. 3 class in the country for 2018, according to 247Sports. The Tigers have signed five-star forward Naz Reid and four-stars Javonte Smart and Darius Days, with a commitment from five-star Emmitt Williams.
Arizona has fallen under the eye of the FBI, after ESPN reported federal wiretaps revealed Wildcat head coach Sean Miller discussed a $100,000 payment for 2017 signee DeAndre Ayton.