Big-Time Texas DB Visiting Auburn

Four-star defensive back John Bonney has been added to Auburn's official visit list this weekend.

Already with a large visitor list for the weekend, the Auburn Tigers added another talented player to the group late on Friday in four-star defensive back John Bonney from Lamar High in Houston, Tex.

Rated the No. 14 safety prospect in the nation by, Bonney was named one of the top defensive players in the Houston area for his play as a senior.

A versatile performer, Bonney fits the mold of what Auburn is looking for in a defensive back. The 6-1, 185-pounder has the ability to play cornerback, but is also physical enough to line up at safety. That's what Melvin Smith and Charlie Harbison covet.

Greg Powers is the regional scout for the Texas region and he says Bonney is the ultimate in versatility:

"Rated as a safety, Bonney also has the skills to play corner once he gets to college. A versatile defensive back with a great frame and long arms. Will need to get stronger in the weight room, but has plenty of time for that.

"His biggest strength is his concentration and coverage abilities," Powers notes. "He shows the knack for staying with receivers and getting a hand in to break up the pass. A natural cover guy with great instincts and good flexibility."

Bonney (right) is shown in pass coverage at a seven-on-seven event prior to his senior season.

The visit from Bonney has been in the works for months as Smith has kept in contact with him since the spring evaluation period. With the changes at Texas and Charlie Strong replacing Mack Brown it opened up the door for the Tigers to get an official visit.

This past season Bonney recorded 33 tackles and an interception. Bonney was a four-year letterman and three-year starter for the Lamar team.

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