Irish add 'big skill' pledge from Missouri
The evaluation process the Irish staff conducted on defensive end Jonathan Bonner of Chesterfield (Mo.) Parkway Central took less than one week, and Bonner's decision to commit to the Irish took less than one day. Notre Dame gained its 13th commitment in the 2014 class on Wednesday afternoon when the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Bonner made his pledge to head coach Brian Kelly over the phone. Bonner was offered by the Irish on Wednesday morning after a stellar performance at Notre Dame's camp last weekend. "I called up Coach Kelly, and told him I wanted to become part of the Irish," Bonner said. "He accepted my commitment." Bonner also held offers from the likes of Army, Indiana, Michigan State, Missouri, Navy and Purdue. Scout.com's J.P. Rock offers his thoughts on what the Irish are getting: "He's truly underrated. Very athletic guy who runs very well. He vertical jumped 36 inches at my combine and averaged 21. 7 yards per catch playing wide receiver at his size last year, and had seven touchdowns on only 12 catches. He has good size at 250 pounds and has a great punch coming off the line. He runs down plays from the backside and can get after the quarterback. He's a smart kid and very coachable." For additional quotes from Bonner and how he previewed his Irish commitment earlier today, click here.
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