Luella (Locust Grove, GA) rising senior star Detrick Bonner hadn’t planned on committing this week, but that changed quickly when Virginia Tech offered on Wednesday. After discussing his college decision with his parents, the 6-0, 170-pound standout decided to call primary recruiter Torrian Gray and commit late last night.
“It was just something that kind of happened,” Bonner said. “I wasn’t really thinking about it. When Virginia Tech’s offer came in, I thought I’d take the offer and commit. My parents said I should go ahead and commit. I talked to Coach Gray and he sounded excited. He didn’t believe me at first. I guess he didn’t think I would take it that quickly.”
Tech recruited Luella safety Roderick Sweeting in the 2009 class before Sweeting ended up choosing Georgia Tech. During that recruitment, the Tech staff first began pursuing Bonner, who played cornerback and wide receiver last season as a junior.
“They have done an excellent job of recruiting Detrick,” Luella head coach Paul Burgdorf said. “Coach Gray has represented Virginia Tech extremely well.”
Coach Gray was a major factor in Bonner’s decision.
“He is straightforward and he is a truthful coach,” said Bonner, who has not yet visited Virginia Tech but plans to do so later this summer. “When I talked to him in the spring, he seemed truthful. Since then I’ve felt comfortable with him. It was the start of a good relationship. Plus, Virginia Tech is a big-time school.”
Bonner considered offers from Central Florida, Michigan and Mississippi State, among others. He says he would’ve considered Clemson, too, but the Tigers had yet to offer.
Virginia Tech is recruiting Bonner to play cornerback, a position he has played well each of the past two seasons. He’ll move to safety this upcoming season. At receiver last season, he had 24 receptions for 504 yards and four scores.
“He has the skills to play on either side of the ball,” said Burgdorf. “He is an excellent wideout for us, but he was also an excellent defensive back last season. He has good hips, ball skills...
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