Bonner Holds ECU in Top Three

Class of 2016 recruit Lanard Bonner listed ECU at the top of list. IES caught up with him to talk about his most recent offer.

Lanard Bonner who is originally from Birmingham, Alabama is entering his second season at Highland Community College (Highland, KS). Bonner currently hold six college football offers and East Carolina is in his top three.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive lineman also listed another American Athletic Conference school in Houston. Southern Miss is the final school to round out Bonners current top three. The recruiting process still has time to grow and change for Bonner, as he does not plan to make his final decision until the end of this football season.

“It’s all been a big motivation for me,” Bonner said. “It’s a big change in my life, getting these offers and I’m always striving to get more.”

ECU sits at the top of Bonner’s list partly because of the relationship he has developed with ECU’s Offensive line Coach Brad Davis. The lineman said that Davis is recruiting him hard and keeping in touch throughout the entire process. Bonner who has expressed that he likes ECU would like to take a game visit this coming season to further explore the program.

Bonner who only played football for his final two years of high school, believes that the time spent at the junior college level has made him a better football player.

“It has actually taken me on a way better step,” Bonner said. “It was my first time where it was a different experience. I feel like I’m going to be well developed out of JUCO and be able to blend in with all the division one players.”

Bonner still has plenty of time to think about all of his options, if he stays on his schedule for his end of season commitment. So far the lineman has created a list of a few things that will be important to him when choosing the school too play football at.

The class of 2016 recruit will be looking to make an immediate impact at the school he chooses, wanting to be able to play right away. Bonner also said that whichever school he chooses, it will have to feel like the right fit to him.

With another year to develop at the JUCO level Bonner hopes to take his game to the next level. Bonner has set two goals for this offseason. First he hopes to cut his weight down and he also would like to improve his footwork further.

“It’s just another step in life,” Bonner said. “It’s a great opportunity that I’ve wanted to take. I really didn’t think football was going to take me this far.”


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