Recruiting Update: 2010 OL Dillon Bonnell
While many Stanford committed recruits are saving their official visits for the committed players weekend in mid-January, Scout four-star offensive lineman Dillon Bonnell and his father were able to make it out to The Farm for an official visit this past weekend.
And despite watching his future team lose a heartbreaking 34-28 contest to Cal, Bonnell thoroughly enjoyed his visit to The Farm.
"I had a great time out there," Bonnell said. "It was really something and it just confirmed even more how good the school is and what they can offer you as a person."
Bonnell was hosted by starting left tackle Jonathan "Moose" Martin.
"We really seemed to have a good time together," Bonnell said.
Bonnell seemed to be encouraged by Martin's contributions to the team despite only being a redshirt freshman.
"It really showed me how the coaches are expecting you to come in and make an important statement right away and have fun," Bonnell said. "Also, just how much it's about winning and football at Stanford, not just so much about academics and how it used to be in the past. Really, they're really turning that whole football program around and getting all the faculty and everyone on board with the football program."
And despite the Cardinal's tough loss to Cal, Scout.com's 34th-ranked offensive tackle is still excited about the upward trajectory of the Cardinal football program.
"Like I said earlier, the game didn't come out the way that we wanted, but it seemed like the program is really taking good strides in the right direction," Bonnell said.
And that seems to be the general feeling around the Stanford program after the game. Even Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh was able to put the disappointment behind him for a few hours to host a post-game dinner with several committed recruits who were on campus Saturday night.
Prior to the game, Bonnell, who had been to Palo Alto once before for an "unofficial" visit, had the opportunity to sit in on some classes, go through the team walk-through, and see what life is like as a football player at Stanford.
"I went to all of the meetings and saw how everything was run from a coaching standpoint and how they prepare for a game," Bonnell said."
Soon, Bonnell should pass the final hurdle in his Stanford recruitment. He has submitted his application to the Stanford admissions office and expects to hear back within the next few weeks.
"I received a 30 on my ACT and have a 4.0 GPA," Bonnell said.
Earning admission to Stanford would likely go a long way towards helping alleviate some of the disappointment Bonnell likely felt after his senior football season ended prematurely.
Just days after Thunder Ridge High School's opening-day victory, Bonnell dislocated his right kneecap in a practice, effectively ending his high school football career.
He had surgery soon after, and is making superb progress in his rehab as he attempts to be at full strength for next season.
"I'm feeling very good," Bonnell said. "I'm walking again and starting rehab and within a month I'll be able to start jogging and getting my conditioning back up and getting ready for next season."
Bonnell has no plans to take visits to other schools but is still considering taking another unofficial visit to Stanford, perhaps for the committed recruits weekend in late January.
"Maybe," Bonnell said. "We'll just have to wait and see on that one."
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