Bonilla Making His Own Name

One of the top college football prospects at the Mississippi State camp session on Wednesday was 2018 standout Jordan Bonilla of Etowah High (GA). The talented safety looks to have a bright future in front of him as he held his own throughout the testing and one-on-one drills against older and more seasoned players.

"Things went well today," Bonilla said of the camp experience. "I really learned a lot from Coach (DeShea) Townsend and Coach (Tony) Hughes. They talked to me about looking at the receiver's hips and not at their face. They were telling me to be more aggressive and have contact, so that the receiver can't just get off."

Projected as a safety on the next level, Bonilla has found defensive play to his liking.

"I love getting interceptions," Bonilla grinned. "I like making the big hit and just hitting in general. I just like it better than playing on offense for some reason. That's what I want to do is play defense."

Perhaps the defensive mindset is in the Bonilla DNA. Jordan's older brother, Ayden Bonilla, is currently a contributor on defense at North Carolina. Some lessons learned about recruiting have already been handed down from one brother to the other.

"He always tells me to keep working hard," Bonilla said. "He told me that I need to go to as many camps as I can to get better and learn as much as I can. I just hope to show my talent and maybe I can get a scholarship somewhere just like he did."

With trips to Georgia Tech and Mississippi State now in the review mirror, Bonilla plans to camp at North Carolina in the coming days. Once his summer travels are complete, the rising sophomore plans to focus on his season.

"We will probably be pretty good this year," Bonilla. "We have some really good players coming back, including a few All-State defensive backs. We should have a good season."

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