Ala., DE Tim Bonner commits to Cards

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said his staff would spend more time recruiting in the state of Alabama. It’s already paying off with the Cardinals landing a commitment from Demopolis, Ala., defensive end Tim Bonner. He gave the Cardinals a commitment on Monday.

Demopolis, Ala., defensive end Tim Bonner had more than 10 scholarship offers and had been considered a lean to Mississippi State.

But on Monday, Bonner gave a commitment to the University of Louisville.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Bonner picked the Cardinals over the Bulldogs, Kentucky, Southern Miss, UAB, Troy, Appalachian State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State and Jacksonville State.

"I just loved Louisville when I was there and it felt like home," Bonner told Cardinal Authority. "(Assistant coach L.D. Scott) was great and it just felt right.

"So I wanted to be part of the Louisville team. They have a great program."

Bonner’s first offer came in early spring from Appalachian State and then had eight come in a week during the month of March.

U of L started recruiting him in the spring and made a visit to campus on July 18-19, noting that he "fell" for the place right away.

"They showed me around and it was great," Bonner said. "It really just felt like home. I liked Louisville because they show you love and they seem like a real family."

Bonner plays linebacker mostly at the high school level but will most likely play defensive end in college. He was named Class 5-A/4-A All-State as a junior.

"Speed rush," Bonner said. "That's what I am good at. Third-down speed rush off the end. We're going to have a really good team this year. I wanted to make my decision to get all the pressure off my shoulders before the season."

Bonner runs a 4.5 40-yard dash.

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