Garden State OL Talks Recruiting

Joe Bonadies, by way of Palisades Park Jr./Sr. HS (Palisades Park, NJ), stands at 6-foot-5 and 280-pounds. His spring has gotten off to an impressive start and recruitment of the Garden State standout OL has begun to pick up in recent weeks.

Joe Bonadies, standing in at 6-foot-5 and 280-pounds was named Offensive Line Most Valuable Player at the Chuck Mound Football Challenge in Mid-March and since then has begun to see an increase in his recruitment. Although Bonadies has yet to receive his initial offer, he has taken an unofficial visit to Connecticut, and most recently has visited Penn State for their Junior Day.

"I really like the school and the program. I went up once before for their game against Iowa. I fell in love with it when I went up for that visit and this visit was good too," stated Bonadies.

The Bergen County product also had the opportunity to meet with some of Penn State's coaching staff.

"I had a chance to meet with Coach Anderson, who is recruiting me. My parents and I were able to eat lunch with him and speak to him. I also got some more time with him in the position meetings which was good because I was able to see what kind of coach he is. My parents and I also got to meet with Coach Joe Paterno and he was great," continued Bonadies.

The Garden State native is also hearing from his state school, Rutgers, and indicated that he does plan on making the short trip to Piscataway soon.

"I've been hearing from them a little also," stated Bonadies in reference to Rutgers. "They invited me to attend a spring practice and I'm probably going to go down for one this week."

As mentioned previously, Bonadies has visited Uconn as well.

"I like UConn a lot too. I went up there for their first spring practice and also took an academic tour. I've visited that school a bunch of times. They said they want to see me in camp this summer."

Bonadies is in an unusual predicament that many prospects are fortunate to not experience. Palisades Park has just hired a new Coach, Dave Schuman, and what that means for prospective D-I recruits is that, at least for the short term, they must handle their recruitment on their own. Consequently, he's only been able to send out a limited number of highlight clips to a select number of schools. Bonadies, who remains wide open states that he'd like to hear from a number of additional schools, some of which will be on the receiving end of the next batch of highlight clips he plans on sending.

"I've always been interested in the southern schools and I'd love to hear from some SEC and ACC schools, like Clemson, Florida State, and Georgia just to name a few. It would also be great to hear from Big 10 schools like Michigan and Ohio State."

In the meantime, Bonadies will continue working out and preparing for his summer camping tour. As of now, the only event he is certain to attend during the next several weeks is the Bigtime Showcase in May.

Bonadies' Highlight Clips:

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