Junior College Standout Chooses Tigers

Auburn received a commitment from standout defensive end prospect Joel Bonomolo.

Fullerton, Calif.--The Auburn Tigers added their ninth public verbal commitment for the 2010 signee class on Wednesday when junior college defensive end Joel Bonomolo chose the Tigers over Utah, Iowa State and others after taking an unofficial visit to the Plains over the weekend.

"I made my decision and I am going to play for Auburn," Bonomolo tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.. "I like the coaches and the university and I am excited about playing in the SEC."

A 6-2 1/2, 242-pounder with good speed and quickness off the ball, Bonomolo was a terror as a freshman last season for Fullerton College in California after heading there from his hometown of New Orleans after failing to qualify out of high school. He finished with 65 tackles, 18 tackles for losses and 12 ½ sacks. He plans to play this season as a sophomore and will have three years left to play two when he gets to Auburn.

In addition to Auburn, Utah and Iowa State, Bonomolo also holds offers from Arizona, Washington, UCLA, San Diego State and Nevada among others. He was also receiving strong interest from Arkansas and LSU.

The defensive end took an unofficial visit to Auburn last weekend and came away impressed. "It really came down to wanting to come to Auburn with my family and see the program for myself," he says. "I liked the coaches and it felt like a great fit for me. I feel like I can come to Auburn and make an impact and that is what I wanted to do."

Commenting on his style of play, Bonomolo says, "I would say the best part of my game is speed and strength. I am an explosive play and am quick off the edge."

He returned to Fullerton College on Wednesday where he is starting preseason drills this week. He says he hopes to graduate in time to enroll at Auburn in January 2010 and participate in spring practice with two seasons of eligibility to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. However, he notes it could be May before he graduates and heads to Auburn.

"It doesn't getting any better in the SEC and I really enjoy being around the Auburn coaches," Bonomolo says. "I feel like they can really help me achieve my goal of getting to the next level."

Bonomolo joins kicker Cody Parkey, linebackers Jake Holland, Jawara White and Jessel Curry, wide receivers Shaun Kitchens and Jeremy Richardson, offensive tackle Shun Coleman and defensive back Jonathan Mincy as Auburn's current commitments.

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