OL Joe Bonadies Is Making A Name For Himself

6-foot-5 280 pound OL Joe Bonadies out of Palisades Park, N.J. has yet to receive a D-I offer, but is hearing from a few schools across the country. Rutgers is recruiting him and he's been a fan of the program for quite some time. Come see what he had to say about potential programs of interest and what he's looking for in a school.

While he's yet to receive an offer from a Division-I college, Palisades Park Junior/Senior High School offensive lineman Joe Bonadies holds a Division-II offer from Bryant and is being pursued by multiple BCS conference schools.

Rutgers, Connecticut, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Michigan State and Stanford are the programs showing the most interest in Bonadies along with some from the Ivy League.

The 6-foot-5 280 pound center doesn't have a definite list of favorites, but mentioned that he's interested in the schools that have gone after him.

"I'm still open," Bonadies declared. "I like basically all the schools that have recruited me."

The Scarlet Knights are the in-state team and Bonadies has been a supporter and pulling for them on television.

"They are close to home," he said. "I've been following them as they've gotten better. I've been a fan for quite a while."

He's unsure of whether he will be able to make the spring game, but Bonadies plans on making it up to one of the spring practices.

Bonadies was just up in Storrs, Conn. to attend one of the Huskies spring practices. He echoed the sentiments of a lot of recruits interested in the school when he said he likes the winning direction the team is going in.

"They're getting better and making a lot of progress," he said.

Happy Valley will be a future pit stop for the Palisades Park, N.J. native as he will attend a Nittany Lions Junior Day on April 5. A game at Penn State provides an electric atmosphere that Bonadies is far and away better than any crowd he's witnessed at one of his games.

"[They have] tradition," he said. "I went up there for a game and just seeing all the fans makes me want to go there. I went to a small school so I wasn't used to seeing so many people at a game."

With the Panthers, the junior center said he will "probably" go down to Pittsburgh so he can find out what they are all about.

"I don't know much about them," Bonadies said. "I have to go to a spring practice to see how the players react to the coaches. That's one of the most important things to look for in spring practices."

When it comes to the Spartans, all Bonadies knows is that they have "good academics."

The Cardinal play in sunny California and the weather along with a prestigious educational forum are what attracts the tall lineman to Stanford.

"There's beautiful weather over there and they have great academics," Bonadies said.

As of now he doesn't have a top five, but Bonadies does want to get the recruiting process out of the way before he begins his senior year so he can just concentrate on his final year in high school.

"I'd like to make it before next season so it's out of the way," he said. "But I don't want to make rush my decision. I [would prefer to get it done early] so I can focus on my senior year with the team and with school."

For that final decision to be reached, there will be four things he's looking for in a prospective college.

"Academics are number one," Bonadies said. "You can't play football forever, so you need a good degree. The quality of the program is important and how comfortable I am there. The coaches too because I will be there for four years and I have to respect and want to play for them. I also have to feel comfortable at the school."

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