Tim Bonner commits to Ole Miss

East MS CC Tim Bonner knew he made a mistake out high school by not signing with the Rebels. The second time around he made sure he didn't make the same mistake twice.

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The Rebels picked up their third commitment from East MS CC after snagging defender Jay Johnson and DE Rasool Clemons in recent weeks.

"I was supposed to sign with Ole Miss our of high school," Tim Bonner said. "But Louisville stole me. I knew in my gut I made the wrong choice coming out high school so I'm just glad Ole Miss gave me a second opportunity to continue my next three years there when I get out of East MS in May."

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound speed rusher visited Ole Miss two weeks back with six of his new teammates from East MS CC. That trip was pivotal for him returning to Ole Miss.


"It went really well. I hung out with coach Derrick Nix the whole time. The rest of the staff was on vacation outside of coach (chris) Kiffin. I still had a great relationship with their coaches so we just kind of rekindled our relationship and how everyone has been since we last spoke. I told them that I always wanted to be at Ole Miss. I wanted another chance to play for them. It just felt at home. That's where I can go to get the best education I can get and have a chance to win a national championship."

The Rebels have always loved Tim's pass rushing skills. His senior season at Demopolis (Ala) Tim was a terror on the field. He racked an eye popping 31 tackles for a loss, 81 total tackles, and 9 sacks in only 10 games of action. He was named the West Alabama Player of the Year, Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year, Super 24 All-State team by AL.com and was a 1st Team All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

"They love how I get after the passer. I ran in the 4.5's at our spring combine at East MS CC that the OM coaches attended. They told me they wanted to be the fastest defense in the country and I fit what they were looking for. I never stopped watching OM on TV. They want me to play weakside defensive end and get after the passer. It's exactly what I love doing."

Tim was scheduled to take an official visit out of high school but Louisville talked him out of the visit. Looking back on it that was a mistake.

"If I had taken my visit last year I would have never signed with Louisville. Ole Miss is home. There's no comparison. Ole Miss was always in my heart. I knew it even when I signed that it was a mistake. I just wanted a second chance to get back there. Now that me and Jay Johnson and Rasool Clemons are all coming in together it's going to be great. I know they are coming after Chauncey Rivers hard too. We are bringing the show to Ole Miss. We plan on winning a national championship there."

Bonner will report to Oxford in May with 4-to-play-3. He decision came down to Texas A&M and Ole Miss.


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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