August 18, 2013

Bonney recaps Baylor visit

John Bonney never intentionally held off Baylor from visiting this summer. It was quite the opposite.

He's been familiar with Baylor for so long that Saturday's visit more or less served as a reminder of where the program is and where it appears to be headed. The Houston Lamar 3-star cornerback used his free day to run up to Waco and catch the Bears scrimmage. This may have been the final time Bonney could visit any school. Lamar's fall practice schedule is picking up the intensity.

With 23 commitments for the 2014 class, the last part of the class Baylor has to fill is in the secondary. The Bears want to secure two more defensive backs. They are hoping that Bonney will be one of them.

"I really feel good about Baylor,'' Bonney said. "I always have. Really, nothing's changed for me. They have been very steady for me.''

Baylor became one of the first programs to offer Bonney back in 2012. The summer has been busy between attending recruiting events in Los Angeles (BG2) and Nike's The Opening in Oregon followed by numerous unofficial visits. In the last two weeks, Bonney visited Northwestern, Ohio state and Oklahoma before coming to Baylor.

Bonney has tracked Baylor's progress defensively both near and far. Last year, he attended the Bears dismantling of then-No. 1 Kansas State last November, then watched the impressive Holiday Bowl win over UCLA.

Saturday's scrimmage seemed to send the message that the program's on defense is taking a turn for the better. That's probably all he needed to see.

"I got to spend about three hours up there,'' Bonney said. "The fact the defense stopped the Baylor offense a couple times was pretty impressive. I watched how they worked with [Demitri] Goodson and just seeing how he developed.
"The UCLA game was a big deal for me. But being first hand at the Kansas State game and seeing how things are developing makes me feel better. ''

Bonney maintains he doesn't have a top 3 or a top 5 or a top 10. The tentative plan was for him to make a commitment decision later in the week. However, he's not married to it either. Lamar's season begins Aug. 30 at Klein Forest.

"Really, I'm just going to talk to my parents and just review everything each school has,'' Bonney said. "[The commitment decision] just depends on how I feel.''

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