Vols like Bama tight end

A guy fast enough to play wide receiver in high school just might be Tennessee's next tight end signee.

Careg Bonner is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior at Huntsville (Ala.) High School. Thanks to 4.7 speed over 40 yards, he plays wideout for his high school team. Given his size, however, he projects to be a tight end at the collegiate level.

As a junior last fall he was all-city, all-metro, all-region and all-state honorable mention after catching 59 passes for 929 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a sophomore he caught 41 balls for 653 yards and nine TDs. His two-year totals show 100 catches for 1582 yards and 22 scores.

Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Florida, Tulane and Colorado are taking a long look at Bonner, who says he has no early favorite.

''Right now, I'm undecided,'' he told Andrew Bone of TheInsiders.com.

Already 6-3, Bonner should be 6-4 to 6-6 by the time he enrolls in college. This is a significant advantage when he's covered by 5-9 and 5-10 cornerbacks.

''My height is one of my strengths,'' he said. ''I am able to leap over corners to get the ball because most of them are a lot smaller than me.''

A work in progress, Bonner concedes that he has some improvements to make.

''I need to work on my downfield blocking,'' he said. ''I also need to get more aggressive at going after the ball instead of letting it just come to me.''

Huntsville head coach Kevin Weiseman has been quoted as saying: ''Careg is a talented playmaker with a great attitude and work ethic.''


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