May 20, 2013

One of state's top safeties talks Longhorns

Houston Lamar safety John Bonney is one of the top uncommitted players in the state of Texas in the 2014 recruiting class, and college coaches have been making regular stops at Lamar during the spring evaluation period to get a closer look.

New Mexico, Georgia Tech and Virginia offered last week. Schools like LSU, Stanford and Ohio State have made recent stops. Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina was by a couple weeks ago.

"He couldn't talk to me that much. He's just there to show his face, let me know he's still very interested in me," Bonney said of Akina's visit. "He relayed information for me to give me him a call and talk to him Everything really good with him. We talk at least once a week. Coach Akina and I have a pretty solid relationship as far as that.

"It's really just casual conversation when we talk. He doesn't want to rush me or pressure me. He just wants to get to know me. We'll talk football but we don't go into depth about recruiting."

Bonney continues to keep an open mind with the recruiting process. He plans to talk with his family in the near future to discuss a time at which he might begin to narrow his focus.

"It's not so much that recruiting is on the back burner, but I don't want to get too caught up in it," Bonney said. "It's an ongoing process."

Though he doesn't have an actual list of favorites, Bonney said Texas is a school that is definitely under consideration.

"As far as the big picture, they're definitely towards the top. With me living in Texas, I'll probably live in Texas after I'm done with football, so it's always a good option to have those contacts," Bonney said. "And I like the Big 12 conference, I like the tradition and things like that."

Bonney has yet to set up a list of summer camp visits. He plans to talk to his father about that in the near future to go over any possible visits. Bonney hopes to make a commitment sometime this summer.

"After school is over, we'll get into summer and we'll definitely start talking about (selecting a school). I want to make a decision before season starts," Bonney said.

A three-star prospect, Bonney is ranked No. 31 on the Lone Star Recruiting Top 100.

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