At 6 foot 4, 230-pounds, the Huntsville, Alabama native has excellent size, speed (4.68) and hands. And, recruited to play the H-Back position at Louisville, should be able to use those abilities to present match-up problems for opposing defenders in the future.
"He's a match-up problem for opposing defenses because of his size and speed," Huntsville coach Kevin Weiseman said. "Coach Petrino does a great job exploiting match-ups and I think Careg is a great fit for that offense."
Bonner injured a knee - he played in just seven games - that forced him to miss action during the middle of Huntsville's 2004 season. Still, the versatile Bonner managed to catch 38 passes for 498 yards and four touchdowns from his receiver position and picked off four passes on defense.
"He's a quiet leader. He's very emotional and intense on the inside," said Weiseman, whose father, Bill, was a standout at Louisville St. Xavier in the 1950's before starring for Paul "Bear" Bryant at the University of Alabama. "He does a good job leading by example."
A good student, Bonner should have no problems gaining elibility for next season.
"His mother is a teacher and he's a good student," said Weiseman. "He'll do a good job in college, too."
Because he lined up primarily at receiver in high school, Weiseman said Bonner needs to improve in one regard.
"He needs to develop his blocking skills because we played him outside to take advantage of his ability," Weiseman said. "He was clocked at 4.68 at the Nike Camp in Atlanta. He runs consisently at 4.7 and when he gets going he can go even faster than that."
Bonner will sign a national letter of intent at 1:45 CDT during a ceremony at his high school to play for the University of Louisville next season.