Talking Football With Joel Bonomolo

An interview with new Auburn football commitment Joel Bonolomo is featured.

Fullerton, Calif.--Auburn's latest football verbal commitment, defensive end Joel Bonomolo, is coming off a strong freshman season in junior college, but says that he is still a work in progress.

"I am definitely growing," the 6- 2 1/2, 242-pounder tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am working out every day to gain good weight and muscle. I plan on going to Auburn at about 255 pounds."

Bonomolo returned to Fullerton College on Tuesday after taking a visit to Auburn with his family this past weekend. He began practice for his sophomore season on Wednesday and on Wednesday night committed to Auburn.

"We play a four-man front and at times I drop back into (pass) coverage," he says. "We also run a three-man front every once in a while."

A three-year starter in high school in New Orleans, he earned All-District honors and second team All-State status in high school and was named his district's Most Valuable Player as a senior.

How did he end up playing junior college football in California, several thousand miles from home?

"Coming out of high school I didn't have my ACT score," he explains. "I wanted to pursue my football career so I decided to start looking at junior colleges. I could have gone to Mississippi or I could have gone to Arizona, but I liked the coaches where I am at. It was a good fit for me, just like Auburn."

Bonomolo notes that he played "everything" in regard to sports while he was growing up. "When I got to high school I decided to pick one sport so I focused on football."

That decision has earned him a major college scholarship offer from the Tigers. "I feel good about going to Auburn," he says. "I feel like I couldn't have made a better decision.

"I was talking with LSU, but I didn't feel like it was a good fit for me because it is too close to home," he adds. "They haven't offered me yet, but they are definitely out of my plans. I was talking to Arkansas and Ole Miss, Arizona State, the University of Arizona, Iowa State and Utah. San Diego State offered me, but I wasn't really considering that. I have eight or nine offers."

With what he says is his final decision on his destination in 2010, Bonomolo can concentrate on his sophomore season and continue his pursuit of his goal of playing major college football and then moving on to the NFL.

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