Spotlight 2013: OL Tony Bonadies

Leonia (N.J.) offensive lineman Tony Bonadies was a frequent visitor to Rutgers during spring camp. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman holds a verbal offer from Bryant and is hard at work during the spring evaluation period to try to add more offers.

Leonia (N.J.) offensive lineman Tony Bonadies visited Rutgers multiple times this spring, including trips to a regular practice and one of the scrimmages.

With an FCS offer from Bryant, Bonadies is hoping to use the spring evaluation period to garner more attention and schedule camps for the summer.

Rutgers, he said, is in his camp plans.

"They just told me to keep working hard and that they want me to come to camp," Bonadies said. "They'll visit my school to see my during [the spring evaluation period]. They want me to keep in touch with them and go to their camp in June. I'll definitely go."

Previous trips to Rutgers impressed Bonadies, who has been recruited by the program under both head-coaching regimes.

"I think Rutgers is awesome," Bonadies said. "Their practices are really exciting. Everything with the way they ran it was impressive.

"I've been to a game before, but I've never been to a practice. It was a lot different, but I liked it."

Bonadies was recruited by coach Kyle Flood before he became head coach and is now building a relationship with new offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski.

"I've spoken to both of them," he said. "They all seem like great coaches. They're really into what they do. They're really excited, intense.

"The offensive line is great. Coach Wroblewski is great. He's really intense and he gets everyone working at their best. I like him a lot."

Bonadies is receiving interest and considering camps at Temple, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Miami, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Duke.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman holds a verbal scholarship offer from Bryant and is also in touch with most Ivy League programs.

"Whatever happens, Bryant gave me a chance at a free education from a great place," he said. "It's a great feeling. It's a really good school academically and I know I'd be happy there, but I'm going to keep working hard."


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