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Sunday, July 14, 2013
Four-star S Bonney talks trips, timetable

By Sam Khan Jr.

LEANDER, Texas — After a late-June and early-July trip to the West Coast that included elite camp appearances and unofficial visits, Houston Lamar four-star safety John Bonney was back with his teammates recently for the Texas 7-on-7 state championships.

The Redskins performed well, going 3-0 in pool play in day one of Division I action, then making a run in bracket play to the quarterfinals before bowing out to eventual Division I tournament champion, Southlake (Texas) Carroll.

Bonney, a 6-foot, 182-pound prospect who has 32 offers, was glad to be back with his team. Now his focus is shifting to the start of fall practice in August and a potential decision on his college future.

"Yeah, I still want to make a decision before my first game this year," Bonney said.

Lamar opens its season on Aug. 30, so that gives Bonney roughly six weeks to meet his planned timetable. At one time in the recruiting process, he called Texas his No. 1 school, but right now, he doesn't specify a favorite and said several schools are garnering his attention.

"There are a lot of schools that are on the top of my list," Bonney said. "I haven't put out a top-numbered list. I like Texas. I liked all the California schools I went to. TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma, I really like a lot, coach [Bob] Stoops and everybody up there. We'll just see how everything goes."

Late last month, Bonney and his family took to the West Coast for the B2G Elite Camp on the UCLA campus. Then Bonney headed to The Opening, where he posted a SPARQ score of 117.33, one of the 25 best of the event.

While in California, Bonney visited California, Stanford and UCLA, all schools that have offered him. All made an impression on Bonney, the 21st-ranked safety in the country.

"It was a great trip," Bonney said. "I learned a lot about the three campuses I was at. I knew about Stanford's academics and everything, but I didn't realize the campus was as big as it was. Cal-Berkeley, I didn't realize their academics were as high as they were, so I learned a lot about that. UCLA has a great campus. I really like the coaching staff over there."

Some schools are recruiting Bonney as a safety, while some schools prefer him at cornerback. Bonney said he is comfortable at either position. There is still one trip he hopes to make before fall practice begins in August, a trek to the Midwest to visit Northwestern and Ohio State, two other schools that offered.

"I've got only a couple of weeks before two-a-days start, so if I'm going to do it, it has to be soon," he said. "We're hoping we can get that out of the way."

Bonney said it isn't a certainty that he'll stay in his home state to play college football.

"I'm going wherever the best fit is for me," he said. "If that's out of Texas, then that's how it's going to have to be."