December 31, 2008

Bonner says he is still a Ram

With the recruiting season winding down, Dallas Lincoln High school safety Donavan Bonner is quickly becoming the subject of intense recruiting battles. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound two-star prospect committed to Colorado State in June, but is now taking his five official visits - including one to Fort Collins.

This season Bonner, who runs a 4.57 in the 40-yard-dash, accounted for 47 tackles, 18 pass break-ups and eight interceptions on a Lincoln team that led the state with 24 interceptions. For his efforts, Bonner was named first team All-District and All-State. He describes himself as an aggressive player who likes to pursue the ball and has good ballskills. College are recruiting Bonner as a linebacker because of his size, but he would like to continue playing safety.

"I would like to stay in my natural position," Bonner said.

Bonner is actually being recruited by multiple sources at Colorado State. CSU assistant coach Tim Duffie is his official recruiting coach, but current Ram linebacker Chris Gipson has also been in Bonner's ear. The two knew each other from their high school days in Dallas.

In addition to Colorado State, Bonner also holds offers from Missouri, UTEP, Kansas State and Louisiana Tech. He is also hearing from Utah and Miami (Fla.). Currently, he is planning on visiting Kansas State on Jan. 16, Miami on Jan. 23 and Colorado State on Jan. 30. He visited Missouri a couple and enjoyed himself.

"The Missouri football program is a good program," Bonner said. "They are academically focused, they have had success in the lat couple years. Columbia was a good town and I had fun when I went down there."

Despite the experience, Bonner said he is still committed to Colorado State - for now.

"Right now I am still a Ram, and I am still going to check out the visits to see if I made the right decisions," Bonner said. "The big thing I want is playing time. I am looking to meet the team (on his visits), the guys and overall I want to see what the coaching staff was like."

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