- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
Before this season, Houston Lamar safety John Bonney already possessed an offer from his father's alma mater, Houston. This week, the 2014 prospect received one from his mother's, LSU.
The six-foot, 175-pound rising star got the news of the LSU offer on Thursday from his head coach at Lamar, Tom Nolen. It was met with excitement from Bonney, who came into the season with offers from Baylor, Houston and SMU.
"I was kind of surprised at first," Bonney said. "I didn't expect anything coming but it was pretty good and I was happy. It's great."
Bonney, who is being recruited by LSU special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, has been on the Tigers' radar for some time. They invited him to the Alabama game, which he attended and enjoyed.
"It was crazy, especially the fans at LSU," Bonney said. "Especially for that game, they're extra ready and hyped up. That was a great experience seeing all the tailgaters and everything. I got a chance to see some of the campus and everything. I got a chance to see some other recruits that were there. That was probably it. I've been up there before because my mom went there and everything."
His mother, Rose Bonney, is an LSU graduate. Her reaction was understandably positive when her son received the news.
"She was really happy," John Bonney said. "She called all her brothers and sisters and everything like that. She was really excited about it."
His father, Jerry Bonney, is a former Houston basketball player.
"It's going to be a divided house," John Bonney joked. "It'll be pretty crazy for the next year I guess."
Bonney stressed that it's still too early to make any kind of decisions or declarations in his recruiting process, but he does like the coaches at LSU.
"I like Coach McGaughey and all the coaches, Coach [Les] Miles, and Coach [Corey] Raymond," he said. "I had a chance to go to the LSU-Alabama game so I had the chance to talk to them. Right now it's still early in the recruiting process but I'm happy."
And there are still other schools showing interest in Bonney. Alabama invited Bonney to its game against Texas A&M, which Bonney attended, and he also got invited to Alabama's junior day in January while on the trip. Texas A&M and TCU also are showing interest in Bonney, who has helped lead his team to a perfect 10-0 regular season record this year.
"I feel like Texas A&M is really interested, talking to Coach [Clarence] McKinney and Coach [Kevin] Sumlin," Bonney said. "And TCU, they seem like they're interested."
Bonney said watching the Aggies defeat Alabama was quite an experience and he feels like the program is picking up momentum with its first-year success in the SEC.
"With them being in the SEC, coming from Texas and winning and beating the best team in the SEC, I think not only me, but to a lot of recruits, it will be really enticing to go there," he said. "It's a great school as well."
He is still hearing plenty from Baylor, Houston and SMU and he said he hopes to make it to Waco to see the Bears host Kansas State on Saturday. If his team wins its first round playoff game against Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes, then any other trips will be put on the backburner until the postseason is over. But he's thankful for the new offer and the increased interest, because he feels it's a reward for his hard work.
"That's what it feels like because at the beginning of the year, I came in with three offers and I've been doing pretty well this season," Bonney said. "I haven't gone backwards in any way. It feels pretty good, especially going to the playoffs with the timing and everything."