Bonney Talks the State of Cali

The talented Texas defensive back, John Bonney, told us about his trip out west, and the schools he visited, Stanford, California and UCLA...

Houston (Tex.) Lamar defensive back John Bonney proved yet again at the Texas 7v7 State Tournament why he's ranked a four-star prospect for Scout.

"It's a really good experience," said Bonney of the tournament. "I love coming out here and playing against some of the best talent in the state. Getting a chance to come out here and play is great."

It's been a busy month for the 6-foot, 180-pounder, who currently sits at thirty-two offers and is being recruited at both safety and corner.

"The summer has been great, getting to go to The Opening and going to some camps on the West Coast. It was kind of like my vacation. I visited Stanford, UCLA, and California while I was there," he said.

The Pac-12 programs gave Bonney something to consider.

"They all have something that they offer and they are all really good schools. Everybody knows about the academics at Stanford, and I realized that California and UCLA have strong academics, too," he said.

Earlier this off-season, Bonney explored some programs closer to home.

"I went to go visit and see the coaches at Texas, Texas Tech, and Baylor, and Oklahoma came down," he said.

Though he has many options, Bonney taking his time with his decision.

"Each school on the list has something to offer. I don't have a thirty-two team list, but the Big 12 schools all have great passing offenses, so I think a defensive back would get a lot of action there. In the SEC, defenses are always dominant. In the Pac-12, they are coming into the spread, so I like that. I just don't have one school that stands out right now," he said.

One thing Bonney does know is what he's looking for in a program, with three specific things atop his list.

"The main thing for me is academics. That plays a big role in my decision. My parents want me to go to a strong academic school. I'm also looking for the chance to play early in a scheme that I fit in the best. Third is campus life; that's what I'm looking for in a school," he said.


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