Carl Bonnell. Why is he getting so much attention? Well, the Conquerors are about to start their football season next week, and the first game is a big one. Who looks to lead them to victory? It has to be the guy with the initials 'CB'."> Carl Bonnell. Why is he getting so much attention? Well, the Conquerors are about to start their football season next week, and the first game is a big one. Who looks to lead them to victory? It has to be the guy with the initials 'CB'.">

Carl Bonnell Update

The man of the moment right now on the Kentwood High School campus is 6'3", 197-pound <b>Carl Bonnell</b>. Why is he getting so much attention? Well, the Conquerors are about to start their football season next week, and the first game is a big one. Who looks to lead them to victory? It has to be the guy with the initials 'CB'.

"Yeah, Kentridge," Bonnell told Dawgman.com. "The first game. It's a pretty big rivalry right now. It's getting kinda heated."

The Conqueror QB also expects his D1 recruitment to heat up as well, with numerous coaches telling him to expect some good news at the end of the month. One coach that Bonnell has been talking to lately is Washington Head Man Rick Neuheisel.

"I did call Coach Neuheisel yesterday, just to see how things are going," Bonnell said. "He said the same old thing. He's going to watch the first couple of games and make his decision then. He wants to wait a little bit longer before he does anything."

Even though coaches couldn't call until today, Carl also made a call to another team in the Northwest. "I talked a little bit with Idaho State, but it's pretty much the same thing. They're going to wait for a couple of games and watch some game film and then see what they want to do."

With his only major offer currently from Washington State, Carl wants to hopefully see what happens soon with other offers. If he had his choice, he'd like to make a decision relatively soon.

"I'm just going to kind of wait to see what feels right. Right now, it looks like it'll be near the end of the season, if not the end of the season. But if a couple of more offers pull through before the end of the season, I'll probably make my decision a little earlier."

Until then, Carl will focus on the task at hand, namely beating Kentridge. Kentwood is doing all it can to get ready for a big challenge on Friday. Bonnell is taking it seriously. "I've just been working out with my receivers and workout out in the weight room. Our 2-a-days just started, so we're just getting ready for the season.

This will be Carl's third season as the Conquerors' starting QB, and he knows now how to prepare in the offseason to get the most out of his workouts. "It's definitely been good (so far)," Carl said. "I work with the guys, learn what they are going to do, how they are going to react to certain things. You know their abilities, and as the quarterback you can adjust by where you're gonna throw the ball. I'm a lot more confident now."

Part of Bonnell's confidence stems from his experiences learning from past Conqueror stars, namely current UW players John Gardenhire and Will Conwell, and also big man A.J. Mitz. "It's a big difference, because I spent the last two years looking up to those guys, seeing how good they are," Carl said. "But now I'm the one people look up to, so it's a little different, but it's not too bad."

And while things are looking good at the skill positions for Kentwood, led by Kevin Jones, there was a significant loss of beef up front. Carl still has high hopes for the new guys stepping in. "We did lose some big guys up front on the line," he said. "But we've replaced them with some guys that are a little smaller, but just as tough, so I'm pretty optimistic about our season."

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