No one can ever accuse Wade Bonner of not being feisty enough or backing down from a challenge.
Bonner (5-10, 185, 4.48) , the Somerville (Tenn.) Fayette-Ware defensive back, was perhaps the top player at his position during the University of Arkansas Seniors Camp this weekend and showed why both the Razorbacks and Mississippi State have already offered.
"I had it in my mind that I was going to come up and go against the best wide receivers that were here, shut them down and show them my ability," Bonner said. "I love the competition and I am not afraid to go against anybody no matter how big they are or how fast they are."
Bonner was especially impressive in press coverage when he used his strength and technique to completely destroy most of the receivers that he faced during some Friday night 1-on-1 work.
Along with Osceola wideout Cameron Baker, Bonner was a clear standout and was eager to take on all comers and very vocal about that.
His efforts and that of Baker drew a fan club consisting of many current and future Razorback players who were looking on.
"I just get pretty hyped up and have a lot of pride," Bonner said. "I try not to take any plays off, view each one as a challenge and try to win every play."
Bonner, who lives about an hour from Memphis, had nine interceptions last season while also catching 85 passes from his wideout spot.
"I think I am a pretty good wide receiver, but I think I am my best at cornerback and that is where I will play in college," Bonner said. "This was a lot of fun and I think I showed I can play."
There had been speculation by some that Bonner was getting close to committing to Mississippi State, but he shot that down on Friday night just minutes before he and teammates hoped on a bus around midnight and headed to Starkville for a camp on Saturday.
"I don't know where that is coming from," Bonner said. "I am going to their camp on Saturday, but I am not committing anywhere right now. I don't think I will make a decision until after the season."
Bonner - who will have to up his ACT score - will likely have more offers by as the season goes on, but it seems that Arkansas and Mississippi State are in great shape no matter who jumps in.
"Ole Miss and Memphis are looking at me and Purdue has talked to my coach," Bonner said. But Arkansas and Mississippi State stepped up and offered me and that means a lot to me and I'll remember that."
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