Bonner Is Having A Good Season For EMCC

2017 East Mississippi DE Tim Bonner (6-5, 230) is having a very nice season for the Lions and the Louisville bounceback updated about where things stand on the recruiting front...

"My offers are from IndianaIowa StateMississippiSouthern MississippiMemphisColorado State and Western Kentucky," Bonner said recently. "Illinois is talking to me a lot right now and Minnesota is still there a lot too, so I have a few options right now."

As far as his visits are concerned, Bonner said he's purely focused on the season and he'll wait to take them after his season is completed. 

"I've been talking to a couple about visiting, but I don't want to interfere with my season," Bonner said. "I'll wait to take them in December and January."

As a redshirt freshman this season, Bonner has worked his way into the Lions' defensive line rotation, posting 23 tackles, two sacks, two tackles-for-loss, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups.

"I'm a pure speed rusher," Bonner said. "I have worked a lot on using my hands better and that has helped me a lot in stopping the run too, but I am at my best coming off the edge and getting pressure on the quarterback."

As a prep, Bonner was a standout at Demopolis (Al.) High School and he signed with Louisville, but left midway through the 2015 season due to an off-the-field incident.

"I wasn't guilty of anything, but I needed a change of scenery and to just get a fresh start," Bonner said. "East Mississippi had recruited me out of high school because I was a late qualifier, so I already had a good relationship with the coaches here and it's one of the top programs in the country so I knew I could find a new place to play after a year here."

Bonner is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in May and he will have three years to play three following the 2016 football season.

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