Feb 5, 2014, 9:43 AM EDT
Parkway Central (Chesterfield, MO)
Measurables: 6-3, 245
Accolades: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Defensive Player of the Year, MaxPreps All-American 2nd team, first-team All-State Missouri, All-Metro, Suburban South Conference Defensive Player of the Year
Impressive Offers: Missouri, Michigan State, Illinois
Projected Position: Defensive End
Quick Take: Bonner didn’t give Notre Dame’s coaching staff much of a choice, they had to offer him a scholarship after watching him light up their summer camp. An offer that looked almost head-scratching to start with, Bonner dominated elite offensive linemen in camp, then exploded during his senior season, winning just about every award conceivable as he wreaked havoc on opposing offenses.
Bonner could grow into an interior player, but he’s also the type of player that could walk in and compete at defensive end or cat linebacker. A valuable and versatile player.
What he means to Irish: Consider Bonner a good test case for Brian VanGorder. With the Irish defense likely even more multiple that its been in the past, Bonner could operate as a Swiss Army Knife, moving inside or out depending on what’s asked of him.
Obligatory YouTube highlight clip: Here’s Bonner’s Signing Day clip from UND.com:
- Running back Tony Jones Jr. commits to Irish 36
- Irish open spring: Five quick updates from BK 44
- Tracking fifth-year spots and the bumpy road to 85 scholarships 38
- Great on paper, rebuilt staff needs to hit the ground running 15
- Matt Hegarty will transfer for fifth year 31
- Spring solutions: Offensive Line 64