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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Q&A: Houston S Bonney planning trips

By Max Olson

Texas has yet to pick up a verbal pledge from a member of the highly-touted class of in-state 2014 defensive backs. Following his junior day visit, though, it seemed John Bonney was a safe bet to be the first one to give the Longhorns a commitment.

More than a week has passed since Bonney received his UT offer during the program’s first junior day, and the Houston Lamar safety prospect still has a few things he wants to see before he’ll be ready to make a commitment.

Here’s the latest on where Bonney’s recruitment stands and which out-of-state powerhouse he’d like to check out in the near future.

John Bonney
Class of 2014 safety John Bonney wants to visit Ohio State this spring.
HornsNation: How has your recruitment picked up since Texas offered?

John Bonney: I’ve been going pretty good. Actually, it’s funny you called -- I just got off the phone with coach [Duane] Akina. I was just calling and checking in and seeing how everything was going. He was talking about spring practice and how everything is going. Just a little small talk.

HN: How are you feeling about Texas after taking that junior day trip?

Bonney: It’s definitely at the top of my list, especially I really like Akina. He’s one of the best DB coaches out there. Especially it being in my home state, and a degree in Texas is a great. Everything is a plus.

HN: I’m guessing the next question you get from most people is, why haven’t you committed yet?

Bonney: Yeah, I’ve been getting a lot of those questions. I’ve definitely got to check with my family and my dad and all that. I definitely want to narrow things down and get to a decision, especially before the season starts. That’s definitely a priority for me.

HN: Mack Brown said last week he didn’t let a junior day visitor commit because he insisted the recruit take all their visits first. Was that you?

Bonney: No, that wasn’t me. I didn’t know I was going to get offered, so I was surprised and that’s why I didn’t commit right then. I didn’t know what was happening; it was a rush. I wanted to talk with my family and make sure we’re on same page.

HN: You’ve said that you want to check out some spring practices in the next few weeks. Any schools in mind right now?

Bonney: Ohio State, I’m definitely going to try to get up there. I’m going to try to go to Baylor and maybe Oklahoma as well. Maybe LSU, they reached out to me the other day. But, you know, I’m running track now so my schedule is going to be kind of tight.

HN: What do you think of Ohio State, and what intrigues you about that program?

Bonney: Coach [Kerry] Coombs, the defensive backs coach there, he’s been recruiting me for a while actually. They did really good this year in going undefeated and all that. I wanted to meet coach Urban Meyer and see the campus. I definitely look forward to getting up there.

HN: Do you anticipate your track schedule is going to make pulling off those unofficial visits pretty difficult? Do you think you’ll have to trim down that list of potential visits?

Bonney: It will be pretty tough. Actually, the good thing about Texas is, I’ll run in Texas Relays and their spring game is right after that. So I know for sure I’ll be able to make that.

HN: Do you feel like you’re getting closer and closer to a decision, or is this just the beginning of a long process?

Bonney: I think I am getting closer. After I go to these spring practices, that will be good for me in making up my mind. Then I’ll check with my dad. This whole process is getting crazy, but in my mind I’ll be able to figure out where I want to go.