"I looked up from where i was sitting and imagined what it would be like to play in front of all of those people," the Class of 2014 big man said of seeing Iowa's season-opener. "It was pretty amazing. That would be cool."
Iowa offered Bonifas in early September, right before his 15th birthday. The 6-foot-9, 195-pounder just began practice Monday for his sophomore season at Dubuque (Iowa) Senior High.
"For an opening night, there were a lot of people there," Bonifas said of the Iowa game. "They really got into the game. The team came out and got all over the other team. They forced turnovers and the played really well. It was pretty fun."
Bonifas went back to Dubuque Friday night but returned to Iowa City for the Hawkeye football game against Michigan State the next day.
"It's been a blur," Bonifas said of how things have gone since being offered a scholarship by Iowa. "I've been trying to keep it low key and focus on playing with my teammates in open gyms and getting ready for the (Dubuque) Senior season. But it's always in the back of your head. You want to work harder to improve."
Iowa, Northern Iowa, Creighton South Dakota State and Northern Colorado showed up at recent open gyms to see Bonifas and other Senior players. He has not received any other offers outside of his Hawkeye opportunity.
"I received a few questionnaires, but nothing out of the ordinary," Bonifas said.
Bonifas and his family have become more educated on the recruiting process. When Seth received the Iowa offer, they were a little overwhelmed.
"We've been getting more used to it," Bonifas said. "We've been calling down to Iowa and checking in. We're starting to get the hang of it, but I'd still consider us rookies. We're not for sure about everything we're supposed to be doing."
Iowa is trying to build a relationship with the in-state product.
"They just asked how I was doing and asked if I was ready for the season coming up," Bonifas said of his conversation with the Iowa coaches at his visit. "It was just catching up, nothing too out of the ordinary. I got to watch a practice but they were focused on that."
Bonifas, who plays AAU with the Iowa Barnstormers, is not in a hurry to make a commitment.
"I'm trying to wait and see if I can find the right fit," he said. "I'm not sure right now on anything, like what I want to (study in) school. I don't want this to just be about sports. I want to weigh in academics, too, and I want to make sure the school is right for me and I'm right for the school.
"I really haven't been thinking about it. I've just been focused on getting better."