OU a top school for Bonney

Four-star safety went on a whirlwind tour in last two weeks. How was his third visit to OU different from the first two?

When it comes to Houston Lamar four-star safety John Bonney, a lot of the talk has revolved around Ohio State, Baylor and Texas.

But don't forget about Oklahoma. Bonney certainly hasn't. He went back to campus last weekend, his third trip to Norman, Okla., in 12 months.

This trip was a lot different, though. Bonney visited OU for home losses last season against Kansas State and Notre Dame. Despite both being defeats, it didn't sour him on the Sooners one bit.

The goal for Friday's trip to campus was different. Game weekends don't allow much personal interaction with the head coach. Bonney wanted to get to know Bob Stoops better. He feels he has done that.

"I wanted that face-to-face time and getting to talk to him more," Bonney said. "That was something I definitely wanted to get out of the visit. I don't remember how long, I would say maybe an hour was how long I spent just talking to him."

The talk didn't all center around football. Bonney said they talked about life and then started to examine his potential future with the Sooners. Classified as a safety, Bonney said schools like OU and Ohio State have not ruled out the potential of playing cornerback.

Bonney attempted to get some quality time with Stoops at OU's satellite camp in Houston in June. But inclement weather canceled that event so Bonney never felt like he truly knew who Stoops was before last weekend.

"My opinion of OU got a lot better because of the visit," Bonney said. "He really is a great. OU is one of my top schools."

Being one of his choices is a good start for OU, but the Sooners need to finish with this battle. OU has been in the mix for multiple prospects during the last six weeks only to fall just short.

Bonney is starting to feel like the same situation. Bonney said he isn't going to name a top five at this point, but the plan still remains to make this decision before his senior season.

"It's a tight timetable, but I feel comfortable with the plan," Bonney said. "We talked about it as a family. I really want to focus on my senior season."

With that in mind, Bonney hasn't been bashful about hitting the road. In a two-week span, he visited Texas, Ohio State, Northwestern, Louisville, OU and Oklahoma State. His trip to Stillwater was the first, and he said he came away impressed with OSU coach Mike Gundy.

One thing Bonney said about Stoops, Gundy and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was the confidence they portrayed.

Bonney said he doesn't think he will take any more visits but that could change. Competition won't scare Bonney away, but he does believe he knows what will turn the tide.

"It's going to be who I feel the most comfortable with in terms of the coaches and in terms of the people," Bonney said. "I haven't really been looking at the schools' recruiting classes in the secondary, honestly. I know wherever I go, I'm going to have to compete."

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