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Monday, March 25, 2013
2015 WR impresses with speed, ball skills

By Gary Laney

ZACHARY, La. -- When 2015 wide receiver Rashid Bonnette (Loreauville, La.) visited LSU for its scrimmage Saturday, he couldn't believe what he was seeing from the physically imposing men he watched in action.

"I need to start lifting," Bonnette said at the NUC 5-star Challenge at Zachary High in the Baton Rouge suburbs Sunday. "Because yesterday, I went to LSU and ... Man...Wow.... it was amazing."

Rashid Bonnette
Slender Class of 2015 wide receiver Rashid Bonnette showed off his considerable skills this past weekend.
When Bonnette was saying that, he looked at his own rather slender arms as if to say "I've got a lot of catching up to do."

It seems like it will be worth his while. Despite being on the slender side, Bonnette has shown enough ability where many consider him among Louisiana's best prospects in the 2015 class. A wide receiver with tremendous speed and outstanding ball skills, he's a prospect who already knows what he needs to work one from his one visit to LSU.

These days, it's all brand new for Bonnette, who is a neophyte to the recruiting process.

He said track and field generally keeps him busy during the spring. Asked if the NUC event was his first football of the spring, Bonnette affirmed.

"It's the first football camp ... of my life," he admitted.

Despite his lack of experience in camp settings, Bonnette excelled Sunday. Despite his obvious lack of upper body strength, he was able to get around press coverage and use his speed (he already has a personal best 10.8-second 100-meter dash in track) to create separation. When the ball was in the air, he was able to go up and get it.

One scout raved in his ability to adjust to passes on a blustery day where many a pass fell incomplete as receivers struggled with the unpredictable slices and fades on passes thrown under the influence of a constant 20 mph wind. Bonnette showed a knack of being able to adjust to everything thrown his way.

"I did pretty good, I guess," he said, rather humbly.

It was an impressive camp showing for a beginner, but they are skills that are already being noticed.

Aside from getting the invitaton to visit LSU, Bonnette said Sunday that he heard from Miami (Fla). He said he previously has heard from UCLA.

The camp scene might be brand new to Bonnette, but apparently he's already made quite an impression.