Bono Looking For a Blue Future

Palo Alto (Calif.) quarterback Christoph Bono has an opportunity to walk on to UCLA and he's leaning towards that...

Palo Alto (Calif.) quarterback Christoph Bono had a season he'll never forget, leading Paly to the CIF State D-I title and a 14-0 season.

For Bono, it didn't land him any offers with Signing Day a week away, but his future seems to be getting close to being set.

Over the weekend, Bono took an official visit to his parent's alma mater, UCLA, where his father, former Bruin and NFL quarterback Steve Bono, once played.

"It was fun," said Bono. "They had the whole weekend planned out. We got to see the basketball game. Even though I'm from Palo Alto, I had to root for UCLA but Stanford played well. It was a fun time."

Bono was hosted by Phil Ruhl, a freshman linebacker.

"Phil is a real nice guy, and he was looking out for me," said Bono.

Bono said that UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel, whom has father played with at UCLA, offered him an opportunity to walk-on to the Bruins.

"They want me more as a preferred walk-on," said Bono. "But maybe that will change after February 2nd. Still, UCLA is showing the most interest and I think that's what I'm going to do."

Bono had an opportunity to meet with both Neuheisel and new offensive coordinator Mike Johnson.

"I met Coach Johnson, and sat with him at breakfast and talked with him too," said Bono. "He's a nice guy. And with Coach Neuheisel, he was talking about how they have four junior quarterbacks next year, so after that, there is opportunity."

Bono talked about the likelihood of he and Jerry Neuheisel playing together at UCLA after their fathers did.

"I think it's pretty cool because both our dads played together at UCLA," said Bono.

And while his dad was playing quarterback for the Niners, one of his primary targets was Jerry Rice, who's son Jerry Jr., plays for the Bruins.

"That would be pretty funny," said Bono. "He's there so it might happen. I didn't know him that much in high school, because he went to Menlo but I've met him before."

Bono had been to the UCLA campus before, and with his parents joining him, he said they were enjoying it just as much as he was.

"They both went to UCLA so for them, it was a good memory and nostalgic," said Bono. "It was interesting to hear how much things had changed since they had been there, it was pretty funny to hear," said Bono.

Bono said unless some late offers come, he'll be in Westwood in the fall.

"As of right now, that's probably where I would decide to go," said Bono.


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