Incoming Irish: Jonathan Bonner

Irisheyes caught up with incoming Irish outside linebacker Jonathan Bonner before he stepped on campus last Saturday.

Notre Dame extended an offer to Jonathan Bonner of Chesterfield (Mo.) Parkway Central a little over a year ago. Bonner blew the staff away with his performance at camp, and he became one of the very few that picks up an Irish offer on the spot.

"It just came down to what I was looking for, and Notre Dame has everything," Bonner said. "Education, national stage, coaching staff."

Bonner was recruited by former Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco to play outside linebacker, and that's likely where he'll start out his career at Notre Dame.

"I'm 6'4", 253-pounds right now," Bonner said. "Generally, I'm around 245, but this offseason I've added some weight because of lifting, and that's a good thing."

"The packet has gone pretty well," Bonner said. "I've followed it really closely and have seen some improvements, mostly in the weight lifting aspects."

Bonner strayed from his peers when choosing his most anticipated game of 2014.

"I'm looking forward to playing Syracuse," Bonner said. "First off, it's at the MetLife, and secondly, my sister will be a junior a Syracuse."

"I would say I'm more excited to get things moving along and to get in a routine at Notre Dame than I am nervous about things," Bonner said. "I graduated May 15, so since then, I've just been working out, hanging out with friends and family."

Bonner is ranked as a three-star prospect by and as the No. 79 defensive end in the class of 2015. Top Stories