Carver-Columbus cornerback Deion Bonner laughed that he's had plenty of advice as to how he needs to handle the recruiting onslaught that has already started to come his way - take it slow.
It's no wonder.
As teammates of two of the South's most highly-recruited players in Gabe Wright and Isaiah Crowell, Bonner - one of the top prospects for 2012 - told UGASports the pair has told him to take just as long as he feels is necessary before coming to a conclusion.
"They've both told me to take my time, to sit down with the coaches, see what I like about them and what I don't like about them," Bonner said. "Basically, they just told me not to rush."
Trouble is, Bonner laughed that he's already got a favorite team, and has actually had one for quite some time.
"Oh, it's still Georgia," said Bonner. "They're still No. 1, but I'm still going to wait."
Bonner, who also holds offers from South Carolina, Clemson and Florida State, also continues to draw interest from numerous other schools, including Auburn and Alabama.
"When I go on visits I pay close attention to how the coaches treat me, see if I've got a good feeling about them," Bonner said. "I look at all the academics, ask questions about that."
When asked if he had an idea what school Crowell might choose come Signing Day, Bonner laughed, saying he didn't know.
However, he did say Crowell has told him more than once that the recruiting process has definitely had its share of ups and downs.
"He said it's been tough," Bonner said. "I've hung out with Isaiah and he's told me that all the time."
Bonner said he'll be ready for the deluge when his time comes.
"I should be ready by my senior year," he smiled.
Bonner is definitely climbing up the recruiting charts. Last week, Bonner took part in the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl, a game that matched the state's top juniors.
While Bonner certainly enjoyed the experience, he said he's using that game as a stepping stone to next year when he hopes to earn a spot in either the Under Armour or Army All-American Bowl.
"It was a real honor to be selected to play, but it would really be great to play in another bowl game," he said. "That motivates me a lot."
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