TE Bonner has U of L at the top of his list

Hunstville tight end Careg Bonner, considered one of the top prospects in the state of Alabama, says he's heavily considering joining the University of Louisville football program and that a current Cardinal signee could impact his decision.

The University of Louisville has developed quite a reputation for developing outstanding pass-catching tight ends, including former standouts Ibn Green, who holds the NCAA record for career receptions at his position, and Ronnie Ghent, a four-time first team C-USA honoree.

Huntsville, Alabama's Careg Bonner, a 6-3, 230-pounder who was recently named All-City and All-Region, could become the next in a long line of outstanding tight ends for the Cardinals.

Bonner, who made an unofficial visit to U of L earlier this fall for the Louisville-Kentucky game, said he was most impressed by the records established by Green and Ghent. "That definely caught my eye because I'm a pass catching tight end," Bonner said.

Bonner will be among a host of prospects who will make an official visit to Louisville the weekend of December 18, when the Cardinals take on rival Kentucky in Freedom Hall.

U of L assistant Reggie Johnson, who is the chief recruiter for Louisville with Bonner, has made quite an impression on the talented tight end. And Johnson, a member of the 1990 Fiesta Bowl team, is in Huntsville today meeting with his prized recruit. "I like the way Coach Johnson has been straight-forward during the recruiting process," Bonner said.

Besides an offer from Louisville, Bonner also has offers Mississippi State and Troy State, and is also receiving heavy interest from both Alabama and Auburn.

However, one factor in U of L's favor might be Bonner's friendship with U of L signee Davis Manning, who will compete for the back-up quarterback job this spring at Louisville.

"He's real good," Bonner said of Manning. "He flew under the radar because they didn't have the receivers last year. He's got a good arm and will be a good QB at U of L. He's excited about coming up there."

Bonner recently told Alan Wallace of Scout.com that Louisville, along with Tennessee, stood atop his list of favorites. Earlier this week, Bonner reiterated his fondness for Bobby Petrino's program.

"Louisville is definitely up there on my list," Bonner said. "But I plan on taking all my visits before I make a decision."

"I like the way Lousiville plays and their wide-open offense," Bonner continued. "They are definitely a team on the rise and by going to the Big East they will be competing for a BCS bid each year."

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