40 Acres Forecast: John Bonney

We continue our look at scholarship players on Texas' 2015 roster with DB John Bonney.

John Bonney




6-foot-0/188 pounds

High School:



Redshirt freshman


2014 Review

A two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Bonney redshirted as a true freshman.


2015 Preview

The Longhorns have extremely high hopes for this quiet, humble playmaker.

It takes a special kind of talent to play the nickel in any defense, and especially a defense that has to go up against these talented Big 12 offenses. And that’s exactly where you can expect Bonney to play this season.

It was a bit of a surprise to see him at left corner to open practice on Friday, but that just goes to show how versatile he is. He could play there some but, as these young freshmen CBs get more acclimated with the collegiate game, you should see Bonney slide over to nickel, which Texas is expected to play a lot of in conference play.


HD Projection

All we’ve heard are positive things about Bonney and his abilities to play the nickel. Of course, we haven’t been able to see him play that position in a game yet so expectations have to be tempered a bit.

However, given how good of a cover corner he was in college, and the potential he’s shown so far at UT, it’s not a stretch to say that he could be among the elite nickels in the Big 12 by the time the season is over.

We are expecting Bonney to have a breakout year this season and only get better as the season grows long.


How he ended up on the 40 Acres

Bonney was one of the most coveted defensive recruits in the state with over 30 offers. It took a lot for the Longhorns to land him.

The main competition for his commitment were Baylor and Auburn. He visited both in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day.

But he stuck with his verbal pledge and ended up signing with UT. Among those that helped sway him to Texas was Longhorns great Earl Campbell, who is a good friend of Bonney’s father.


High School Highlights

Coached by Tom Nolen at Lamar High School ... four-year starter and three-time all-district honoree … participated in Nike’s The Opening … did not miss a start and played every special teams down during his career … helped Lamar to four distict championships and an overall 45-7 record … posted six interceptions for 93 return yards and one TD during his career … selected first-team All-District 20-5A in 2013 … ranked as the No. 14 safety in the nation by Scout … [info from this last section gathered from TexasSports.com]



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