Three of Virginia Tech’s 2010 class recruits committed to the Hokies before ever stepping foot in Blacksburg. Two of those prospects, including Luella (Locust Grove, GA) cornerback Detrick Bonner , have since visited Tech. And like Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL) quarterback Mark Leal, Bonner left Blacksburg with a good feeling.
“I felt strong about my commitment,” Bonner said of the feeling he had when he left Virginia Tech. “I felt like I made a good decision. It was a good guess (laughs).”
Accompanied by his parents and several other family members, Bonner toured Tech’s campus and met with coaches and players in late July.
“The visit was great, actually,” said Bonner, who admits he was nervous heading into the trip. “I loved the campus. Everybody is nice. I met some players, mostly freshmen, and they were good people. I had a real good time.”
His parents were equally impressed.
“They thought it was beautiful. They might’ve been more excited than I was (laughs),” Bonner said.
A 6-0, 172-pound cornerback prospect, Bonner chose Tech over offers from Louisville, Michigan and Mississippi State, among others. He committed to primary recruiter Torrian Gray in July, just days after receiving the offer from Tech. Coach Gray stood out to Bonner then, and the Peach State standout has been equally impressed with the rest of the staff.
“I like the relationship I have with the coaches,” Bonner said. “They are straightforward. I like that. I’d prefer that.”
Bonner claims he has cut off contact with other college coaches. With his recruitment complete, he is anxious to step out on the gridiron for his team’s 2009 season. Last week’s expected home opener was cancelled, so Luella will have its first regular season game this Friday at Meadowcreek High School.
“I am excited because it’s my senior year, but also because I guess I’ll be a more key player,” said Bonner, a 2008 first-team all-region selection. He performed well at wide receiver and cornerback last season. “More balls are coming my way, which makes me happy. That would make anyone happy. I won’t...
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