The Big XII is a land of change over the last couple seasons. Gone are the days of the "3 yards and a cloud of dust" run-oriented offenses. Those offenses have given way to more spread/passing systems with the Big XII taking its place among the most prolific passing and scoring conferences in all of college football.
To counter those aerial attacks and run options, Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder has targeted numerous Safties and Corner Backs in the 2009 Recruiting Class to hold solid the back line of the defense. Among those recruits Joseph Bonugli brings a passion for the Purple and a valuable multi-dimensional skill set that adds depth and quality to the KState secondary.
1. What about Kansas State first caught your eye?
"Coach K. I like Coach Koenning a lot. He'll be my position coach as well as the Defensive Coordinator, and I've got a good relationship with him. I was being recruited by the former staff, but when I saw that Bill Snyder was coming back and the other coaching changes, my interest went way up. Coach Snyder is a Legend and it will be great to play for him."
2. What was your deciding factor in committing to the Wildcats?
"On my visit, Kansas State just felt like home. And Coach K. I know I can be a better player under him, and a better person as well. Chris Carney was my host during my visit and he's a cool guy. I really liked Bill Snyder Family Stadium. It's HUGE!! I heard they were going to make it even bigger, too, so that would be cool."
3. What are three words that describe you as a person?
"QUIET. I'm a quiet person. I'm pretty FUNNY as well...and ORIGINAL."
4. What are three words that describe you as a football player?
"Well, I would have to say SMART first off. I'm a smart player & I see the field. QUICK would be a good word. And EVASIVE. I like to get off blockers if I'm in run support, and I like to use my quickness in coverage. We ran the 4-2-5 in high school, so I'm already used to that if KState makes that defensive switch. I'm probably better at run support, but I'm strong in coverage as well. My favorite player of all time is Deion Sanders, and I'd like to pattern myself after his game."
5. What is your favorite thing to do on the football field?
"Making people miss. Yeah, I know that's more of an offensive term, but I like to make people miss on blocks and get past them for run support or blitzes. I like getting around Wide Receivers, using my quickness to position myself for interceptions."
6. What is your favorite thing to do off the field?
"Relaxing mostly. I like to hang back with my family and friends. I enjoy bowling to relax. Working out and training for football is fun, too. I play Xbox 360 a lot in my free time. I don't have a favorite in music. I like anything and everything."
7. If you don't go on to play in the NFL, what would you like to do?
"Make six figures another way!"
8. What are you most looking forward to in terms of playing for Kansas State?
"Playing with great people. Playing for a Legend in Coach Snyder. I really want to help get K-State turned around again and even beyond how they were winning before. I just want to win games at Kansas State. I knew a little about Kansas State before in guys like Darren Sproles and Terrance Newman, but I learned more about K-State's history and how they played under Coach Snyder before."
9. What do you feel will be your biggest challenge in moving from high school to college?
"Size and speed. The guys in the Big XII are a lot bigger and faster than guys coming out of high school."
10. Who is the one player on Kansas State's roster, or in your recruiting class, that you are most excited to be teammates with next season?
"Oh, that would have to be Thomas Ferguson. He and I visited Kansas State on the same weekend. He's a really cool guy and we had some time together on the visit. He'll be a good teammate."