"When I first heard Wisconsin was going to offer me, I was truly excited," Bonner told Badger Nation. "All I wanted to do was cry really. I was full of joy. There were a lot of emotions going through my head. I never really thought anything like that could happen to me, or even imagined I would get recruited that early.
"I don't really get around to watching too much college football with my games on Saturdays, but every time you hear about Wisconsin it's always about how well they run the ball. Also it's a big deal because players like Montee Ball went to Wisconsin and so many other great running backs."
Since the Badgers offer, more college coaches have taken notice of the 5-10, 180-pound running back, including Indiana, Northwestern and Rutgers. Bonner finished his junior season with 145 carries for 1,149 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 7.9 rushing yards per carry. Bonner is hoping to soon add Georgia Tech and Nebraska to his list of official scholarship offers.
"Georgia Tech is recruiting me heavy and they are really starting to take an interest in me," said Bonner. "Out of all the schools, Georgia Tech is showing me a lot of love and Nebraska too. One of my teammates, (senior cornerback) DeAndre Scott, took and official visit to Nebraska and said it was pretty good out there. He said they have a good crowd and they're a good team. All I really want is to just go somewhere I can win."
While the currently ranked No. 28 running back in the country by Scout.com, Bonner doesn't have much time to watch the teams that are recruiting him, but does know which teams are consistently winning.
That's the main part of his recruiting process considering the constant flow of letters in the mail includes updates and invitations to come to games; events he was unable to attend while playing games on Saturdays.
"I get so much mail right now, it's hard to go through," laughed Boner. "I'll be sitting in class reading my mail or my mother will read some of it. My family is so amused by all the letters. I'm hoping to get more offers right now so the letters don't have much of an affect on me.
"However, I recently got a letter from Alabama, and I felt extremely proud of myself for that one. You could probably say they are the best team in college football so it was big deal to hear from them. The letter basically said I'm on their recruiting board and they will be recruiting me in the next class. I was so proud of myself. It feels like all my hard work has finally paid off."
The Alabama letter changed expectations for Bonner, and he's hoping to receive more offers during the spring and start planning out where he wants to take his official visits.