Sticking To A Plan

It's a wonder Chris Bonds hasn't woken up with a sticky note attached to his forehead. Those things currently run his life.

The four-star defensive end from Columbia, S.C., is diligently going about the recruiting process, recording everything on sticky notes. A lot of them have been scratched out since he narrowed his list of favorites down to Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama, Tennessee, USC, South Carolina and Georgia, with Miami and Florida State still under consideration.

"Right now, I have sticky notes everywhere of dates and stuff," Chris Bonds said.

Now that the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Bonds has his favorites, he is now trying to figure out official visits.

One sticky note reads, Notre Dame versus Michigan, September 13th.

"I came home from practice one day, and my Mom was like, you have to call (Irish assistant) coach (Corwin) Brown," Bonds began. "I talked to him for a couple minutes, and she said ask him which of these dates should I come up for. Automatically, I looked over the list and at most of the home games. Out of all of those I saw Michigan."

That trip to South Bend will be Bonds' first official visit. He has also set up a trips later in the season to see Tennessee host Alabama, and the Tide welcome rival Auburn. Bonds could take an unofficial visit to see Florida State play at Miami.

"Those will probably be the only three games that I see as an official, and I'll probably go see Michigan in the off-season and Southern Cal in off-season," Bonds explained.

Bonds also has to plan his trips around the Shrine Bowl, a game that features the best players in both North and South Carolina, and either the U.S. Army All-American Bowl or the Under Armour All-American Game.

The sticky notes remind him of possible opportunities, and dates he is unavailable.

At Richland Northeast High, the same school that produced Notre Dame sophomore cornerback Gary Gray, Bonds had 70 tackles and five sacks as a junior, before an ACL injury ended his season in the 10th game. One of the most disruptive pass rushers in the country, Bonds participated in spring football, and will be 100 percent by the fall.

"The part I'm lacking is strength," Bonds said. "I'm squatting 385, almost 400, and if I wouldn't have gotten hurt, I'd be in the high 5s. As far as playing, I'm straight. One more doctor visit next week. Other than that, I'm good."

As Bonds gets stronger, he notices his former teammate Gray is doing the same.

"When I saw him, he was big," Bonds stated. "We were talking about just how it's been and stuff."

Bonds keeps in touch with Brown, and is very much looking forward to his first-ever trip to Notre Dame.

"First and foremost, I'll try not to get my toes frozen off," Bonds laughed. "I don't know how cold it gets in September. Other than that, I'm excited to see these big schools play. Michigan I play with them on NCAA, I play with Notre Dame. These are teams you see on video games, so I'm just excited. Hopefully going up there, I'll get to see Gary (Gray) play, talk with Coach (Corwin) Brown a little bit face to face, because it's been awhile since I've seen him. I'm just excited to see these two big teams play.

"I'm just excited to see the campus as a whole, most of the mail they send me is spring time and everything is real pretty. I'm a history buff and all the gothic architecture, I cant wait to see that. I'm excited to see all that."

After all of his visits Bonds will then be ready to make a college decision, and trash all those sticky notes.


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