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Bonitto holds more than two dozen scholarship offers

Louisville a favorite with four-star defensive end Nik Bonitto

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Saint Thomas Aquinas four-star linebacker Nicholas Bonitto holds offers from over 25 schools, and although he doesn’t have a list of his top schools ranked, Bonitto says that the University of Louisville would be near the top of his list.

“I don’t really have any top schools, but Louisville is definitely one of my favorites,” Bonitto said. “I was very honored to receive an offer especially since they are a program that is starting to come up as one of the elite programs. The program is building and they are receiving a lot of attention on the football side.”

Coach Petrino and the Louisville coaching staff have had success with 2018 recruits from the state of Florida, as four of Louisville’s five 2018 commits are from the Sunshine State.

Nik Bonitto attends the same high school as cornerback Trenell Troutman, who has been committed to Louisville since July.  Bonitto says he and Troutman have talked about the possibility of playing together at Louisville.

“He talks about it with me a lot and it's definitely a possibility because I know that both of us together would be unstoppable on the defensive side of the ball,” Bonitto said.

The 6-foot- 4, 200-pound Bonitto is a dual-sport athlete at St. Thomas Aquinas and hopes to play football and basketball in college. He projects as a point guard at the next level. Bonitto says that Louisville would be a “great option” because both of the teams are well-known.

“I talk to the coaches and they support me playing both 100 percent,” Bonitto said. “They are excited about what I can do for both programs.”

On the basketball side, Bonitto says he has mainly been in contact with assistant coach Jordan Fair.

“He says I have a spot, but that only I will be able to control if I play a lot or not,” Bonitto said.

Bonitto visited Louisvile for the spring game and says he felt at home because of Louisville’s “environment and swagger.”

Bonitto has no timetable for his decision, but hopes to make an official visit to Louisville this season. He says that Louisville, Michigan, LSU, Florida State, Penn State, Alabama, and Oregon have shown the most interest.

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