Bonnafon ready for visit, 'firm' with U of L

Reggie Bonnafon was the first commitment in the Class of 2014 for the University of Louisville and he is sticking to that commitment. Bonnafon, a star quarterback from Trinity High School, has talked with new coach Bobby Petrino, will make his official visit this weekend and sign with the Cardinals next month.

It's been a crazy few weeks for Reggie Bonnafon.

The four-star quarterback from Trinity High School was the first commitment to Charlie Strong's 2014 recruiting class at the University of Louisville.

So, when Strong bolted for Texas it was Bonnafon and the other commitments who were left questioning the future of the program.

Less than a week after U of L hired Bobby Petrino, Bonnafon told Cardinal Authority that he feels "very comfortable" with the new staff.

"Once coach Petrino got the job, it was kind of like a sign of relief for me," Bonnafon said. "Then I finally got to talk to him and all of the stress and stuff was gone. He seems like a great guy.

"Some other schools are trying to contact me but I am firm with Louisville."

Ranked as the No. 22 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, Bonnafon played in a system at Trinity that is "very similar" to what Petrino will run at U of L. Trinity coach Bob Beatty and Petrino are close friends, while Petrino's son – Nick – is a former quarterback who won two state titles at Trinity.

"Coach Petrino was telling me it's even a lot of the same terminology and stuff," Bonnafon said. "So, I don't think it will be too tough to get in there and learn the offense. I've already started a great relationship with coach (Garrick) McGee.

"He just seems like a great guy and I am really excited again."

Bonnafon will make his official visit this weekend with the Cardinals and said he's looking forward to signing day on Feb. 5.

"(The visit) is probably going to be more exciting than if coach Strong was there because I was so used to the coaching staff and stuff," he said. "I am really looking forward to it. It's been crazy.

"It was wild there and the fans knew as much as I did for much of the time. But for me it's all working out in the end."

Bonnafon threw for 2,606 yards and 16 touchdowns, completing 63.1 percent of his passes, as a senior at Trinity. It was his only season as the starting quarterback on the varsity level for the Shamrocks.


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