Bonney Talks Texas Offer

Top 2014 in-state defensive back John Bonney of Houston Lamar talks about his Texas Junior Day visit.

"It went really well for me, especially getting the offer from Mack Brown," John Bonney said. "I enjoyed getting to see the campus, the dorms and the athletic facilities. And my parents enjoyed it."

Bonney said he was surprised when the offer came.

"I was pretty surprised when it happened … I was happy that they even invited me in the first place," Bonney said. "I knew that Coach Akina, the DBs coach, came out to a couple of my games. But I was surprised when it happened."

Bonney shouldn't have been that surprised. He's long been considered one of the best defensive backs in the state for the Class of 2014, a good athlete with excellent versatility. And it's that scheme versatility, among other things, that Akina liked about the prospect.

"Coach Akina talked to me about that," Bonney said of figuring out his future position. "He said he likes my flexibility and versatility, and he sees in me the ability to play both corner and safety. That's not the first time they've had a guy come through like that. Texas has had plenty of guys come through and play both. He said I'd be a good fit."

The Texas offer made No. 13 for Bonney, with schools like Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and UCLA stepping forward, among others.

"There isn't one that is really ahead of the pack, so to speak, because there are a lot of schools involved with me," Bonney said. "But something different, as far as Texas, I like Texas because I've been going to games since I was a little kid. And if I want to live in Texas after college, having a degree from Texas is going to look great in the work place."

Bonney said he would like to either major in business or in pre-law.

The talented safety is actually a three-sport athlete, standing out in basketball and track. But it's safe to say that he always has an eye looking forward to football season. Houston Lamar made it all the way to state in Bonney's junior year, only to fall in the state title game 35-21 to a powerhouse Allen squad. Allen was Lamar's only loss of the year.

"We definitely want to get back to state and win it all," Bonney said. "Being that close and not winning has really made our team more hungry. Our offseason workouts have been more intense and more focused, and from 7-on-7 through two-a-days, we're going to work really hard.

"We need to start off by winning district," Bonney said. "And then hopefully we can go back and win state."

Bonney said he wants to make his college decision before his senior year so that he can focus on bringing home that title.

"I definitely want to get with my parents and my dad to talk about [an exact timeline]," Bonney said. "But I definitely want to be committed somewhere before my senior year starts. I want to be able to focus on my senior football season, so I want to get that commitment out of the way."

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