Bonilla Jumps At UNC Offer

On his way home from North Carolina's Camp on Monday, Ayden Bonilla decided to verbally commit to the Tar Heels.

"Coach [Larry] Fedora really impressed me with what he talked about," Bonilla said. "I just liked how he focused on making me a better man. The education is top notch. And the football team is a family and that's what I like."

Following his performance at the camp, Bonilla a 6-foot-1, 193-pound safety from Woodstock (Ga.) Etowah, was given a tour of UNC while the Tar Heels' coaching staff held a post-camp meeting. The tour and meeting concluded at roughly the same time allowing Walt Bell, Bonilla's primary recruiter, to immediately deliver some positive news.

"Coach Bell came out and then told me that I had an offer," Bonilla said. "I was excited, my dad was excited, [and] my whole family was excited."

Bonilla had also received scholarship offers from Middle Tennessee State and Vanderbilt. He was scheduled to camp at NC State on Thursday.

UNC's Camp on Monday was partially sidetracked by a downpour.

"The rain didn't really affect me," Bonilla said. "I did really well with the rain. I didn't drop any passes and I still did well on my L-cone and my shuttle."

During the camp, Bonilla worked out under UNC assistant coaches Dan Disch and Vic Koenning. Koenning, who coaches UNC's safeties, in particular payed special attention to Bonilla.

"[Koenning] is a good coach," Bonilla said. "I feel like I learned a lot and the drills that they had us do will help me.

"I felt like I did great. I worked really hard and I know that what I did today was good enough to receive an offer."

Apparently Bonilla wasn't the only one that felt that way. The UNC coaches hinted that it would be discussed during their post-camp meeting.

"They told me to stay around and go on a tour," Bonilla said. "I could just tell that something was up. I was just getting excited and I couldn't wait for them to come out from the meeting."

While the coaches met, Bonilla, his father, and younger brother were given a full campus tour.

"I liked the school a lot," Bonilla said. "It's the best education in the nation – best business school in the nation. I liked all its facilities."

After receiving the offer, Bonilla met with Larry Fedora in his office for 30 minutes.

"He talked about what my life after football – when I'm 34 or 33 [years old]," Bonilla said. "He was concerned about what I'd be doing when my football career is over. He said it's not all about football at North Carolina."

As a junior Bonilla recorded 79 tackles, 12 pass breakups, and a forced a fumble.

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