The next big thing at Carver

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Of all the big-time prospects at Carver High School, the one who could be the most athletic of them all is a rising junior.

S Deion Bonner Profile

Deion Bonner not only made 10 interceptions in his first varsity season at cornerback, but he was also named first-team all-state. Later this weekend, he'll be competing in the Georgia 3-A state track meet in the triple-jump.

The best jump distance of his track career: 42 inches.

Because he's participating in the meet, Bonner was only wearing a helmet with CUTigers on hand to for Thursday's practice.

"I wish I got to put on my pads today. Me and Isaiah (Crowell) have been talking about how intense it looks," he said. "I'm ready to get back in pads."

Because of his work Friday night work in pads during the fall, Bonner has already picked up offers from Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina. The Clemson offer came from Dabo Swinney on the weekend of the Orange and White spring game.

Surely, like coaches who've already extended offers, Carver coach Dell McGee sees unlimited potential in Bonner.

"The sky is the limit for that kid," McGee said. "He's still got a lot to learn, but he's made a lot of great plays.


"It's Georgia and then Clemson, Florida State and Alabama," he said. "I've been to Georgia a lot. I like the way their defense is run. It seems to fit me." (Scout.com)
"He's a more than willing tackler. He can play man-to-man and he runs fairly well."

The scary part, at least for opposing offenses around West Georgia, there are plenty practices and games for him to grow.

"He's young and going to get better with time," McGee said.

As it's been for quite some time now, Georgia holds the top spot on Bonner's list of favorites.

"It's Georgia and then Clemson, Florida State and Alabama," he said.

"I've been to Georgia a lot. I like the way their defense is run. It seems to fit me."

Clemson sits in the second for a couple of reasons, mainly because of the Carver duo that signed for 2010: David Beasley and Corey Crawford.

"When I go up there, I know that I can be around some people that I like. Coach Cheese (Charlie Harbison), he's a good recruiter," Bonner said.

When checking schools out, Bonner knows what he's looking for at each stop.

"I want to see how the coaching staff is, how the players are and how the defense is run, to see if it fits me," he said.

Just under two years away from the 2012 signing day, he's in no hurry to commit.

"I'm going to take my time. I'm going to commit on signing day. I want to wait," Bonner said.

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