Will Bonney Visit TCU?

Houston Lamar safety John Bonney is deciding which schools to visit before two-a-days start.

John Bonney and his Houston Lamar teammates had a lot to prove to doubters when they participated in the Adidas Texas State 7on7 Championships last weekend. They did just that as the Redskins advanced all the way to the quarterfinals of the championship bracket before losing to eventual champion Southlake Carroll.

"We don't get showed a lot of love because we're inner city, but we've got a lot of talent out here," Bonney said.

Bonney and his teammates have heavy expectations for the 2013 season, especially after reaching the D1 state championship game last season; finishing with a 15-1 record. Bonney says the experience gained from competing at the 7-on-7 level is helpful during the season for many reasons.

"It helps especially when we play teams that we know we're going to play during the season," he said. "It feels good knowing that you're already familiar with plays they run and certain players they have."

Recruited at both safety and corner, Bonney has offers from all over the country; 33 in fact. TCU is among the many vying for his services and extended an invite to him for their last camp this Friday. The four-star and nation's No. 18 safety may make a visit if time permits.

"They told me that I was invited to it and they really wanted to try to get me up there," Bonney said of TCU's camp. "I have to check with my dad because we only have a couple of weeks before two-a-days start and once two-a-days start I probably won't be able to visit. These next two weeks is the only time I have to visit anywhere so I have to sit down and see which place that will be."

Bonney has built a good relationship with TCU cornerbacks coach Clay Jennings, noting that he has known the coach since he was safeties coach at Houston in 2005-2006. He also has a good relationship with TCU head coach Gary Patterson and admits it's nice knowing he has a chance to play for one of the top defensive-minded coaches in the nation.

"Coach Jennings is a great guy; he's a coach that I feel really comfortable with and I can have a regular conversation with," Bonney said. "Coach Patterson is one of the best defensive coaches in the NCAA. Being able to get a chance to play with him would be good. I just have to see what's best for me."

TCU is recruiting Bonney at safety and cornerback; and for good reason.

"They told me that I have really good versatility," Bonney said. "Coach Patterson runs three safeties but he said when he recruits he recruits five corners because he wants his safeties to be able to cover like corners. He's really looking forward to seeing what I could do."

TCU is one of the few teams in the country that runs a 4-2-5 defensive scheme. When asked if the defense is a good fit for him, Bonney didn't hesitate when answering that the system would be great for his strengths.

"It's sort of an unorthodox kind of defense they run but it works," he said of the Frogs' defense. "I feel like being taught by one of the top coaches would be great."


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