July 3, 2012

Catching Baylor's Eye

It's a good thing for Houston Lamar defensive back John Bonney he has another two years to play high school football.

Members of his household have different viewpoints on where the 2014 prospect should go. He has offers from Baylor, SMU and Houston. And there's a connection with all of them. His father Jerry played basketball under Guy Lewis in the 1970s and was in school at the same time Baylor coach Art Briles was. Bonney and Briles know each other fairly well, Bonney said.

Bonney's mother likes the academic reputation SMU carries. But older brother Josh, who played basketball at Elon College in North Carolina, would prefer John look closely at Baylor because of it being in a
big-time conference like the Big 12.

"It's a funny situation,'' Bonney said. "It's a pretty divided house. I like all of the schools. Baylor really liked me when I went to their camp at Cy Falls [June 2]. I'm so used to combine things when I got to other camps. I just have to focus on my position and work on the details and a lot of one-on-one stuff. I really liked working with coach [Brian] Norwood.''

There is this trend that power conference football programs want length to go with speed in their secondary. Bonney has some growing and maturing to do but he is already at 6-1 and runs a 4.5 in the 40.

Baylor extended its offer in June after Bonny took an unofficial visit to the campus. Bonney's purpose was to see how the incoming freshmen performed at their workouts. And it didn't hurt that he ran into Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

Bonney liked what he saw and said he probably will make another visit before the end of July. A date has not been set but Bonney probably plans on visiting before he leaves the state. He has been invited to the LSU's and Alabama's camp.

However, this weekend, he plans on attending Rivals Underclassmen Challenge Sunday in DeSoto. Bonney will be a three-year starter for Lamar. Primarily used at free safety, he said he will probably play some cornerback this year and play wide receiver. The flexibility will be needed because he said he wants to work on his footspeed, an element cornerbacks need for coverage skills.

"I saw the plans for the new stadium, and I would a freshman the year it opened,'' Bonney said. "Baylor is building a program. I was a little kid when coach Briles was at Houston, and I saw what he built there. Wherever he goes, he wins.''

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