East Pennsboro football practice Aug 18, 2017 (copy)

East Pennsboro running back Onasis Neely has rushed for 500 yards through the first two games of his senior season.

Sentinel file

Throughout the 2017-18 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area's best high school competitors.

East Pennsboro's start to the football season has been an impressive one. The Panthers sit at 2-0 with high-scoring wins against West Perry on Friday (47-21) and Big Spring on Sept. 2 (55-46).

A big part of that success comes from running back Onasis Neely. The senior ran for 254 yards on 24 carries against West Perry on Friday, racking up 500 for the year in just two games.

Q: East Pennsboro is currently undefeated. What do you think contributed to the solid start?

A: Well, a majority of our players are seniors, and we all really want to have a successful winning season. We also came closer during team camp at Shippensburg. I really felt we bonded really well and came closer together as a team. We all really know this is the last time we will ever play the game as one together. 

Q: Anything you think will help keep you guys on the right track as the season goes along?

A: I feel winning fixes everything. As long as we're winning I believe everything will be fine. Also just taking this season week by week and not looking over games and continue working hard.  

Q: How is recruiting going for you?

A: Recruiting is going good. I feel I have done everything possible to prove I am a top tier athlete. I'm also blessed to have the opportunity to play at the next level. 

Q: What’s your favorite part about the recruiting process?

A: I enjoy the camps, visits and meeting new people.

Q: Anything you don’t like?

A: This recruiting process is long and stressful. I don't like being underrated because when you're underrated, you're under appreciated. But on the other side of underrated is a huge opening for opportunities.  

Q: Could you explain why you don’t like to be listed at 6-foot in your bio?

A: Believe it or not I am 5-foot-11. But I feel 5-foot-11 is more desirable by the next level coaches. Thats it! But, hey, I'm not knocking on the 6-foot door. I'm a big, fast back. I'm comfortable with that. 

Q: Are there any NFL players you look toward for inspiration?

A: Actually I don't have anyone in the NFL that I look up to. I enjoy watching some RBs run the ball like Ezekiel Elliot and LeSean McCoy.  

Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?

A: I would have to go with playing in the NFL. I would love the job because I get to do what I love and I get paid doing it, so it's a plus-plus.

Q: Are there any activities you like to do outside of football?

A: Outside of football I enjoy hanging out with my friends, working out and perfecting my craft.

Q: Who inspires you the most in life?

A: Floyd Mayweather because of just the way he carries himself, all the money he has and the way he trains. I just want to make that type of money and do what I love like him one day.



Sports Reporter

Sports reporter at The Sentinel.

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