Accompanied by a handful of family members, Luella (Locust Grove, GA) cornerback prospect Detrick Bonner was in Blacksburg last month for Virginia Tech’s big win over Miami. Just like fellow Hokie recruit Mark Leal, who was in Blacksburg that weekend on an official visit, Bonner had never been to a game at Virginia Tech before.
“It was great,” said Bonner, who hopes to return for another game this fall. “The crowd was live. It was raining out and it was cold, but me, my brother and my dad were all into it.”
Projected as a cornerback for the Hokies, the 6-0, 170-pound prospect paid close attention to Bud Foster’s defense.
“The defense is good,” he said. “I want to be on that defense.
“Playing a lot of one-on-one defense is not a problem for me. I play one-on-one all the time. I’ll just have to get used to the next level speed.”
A cornerback in 2007 and 2008, Bonner has enjoyed the transition to safety this season and believes the experience could help him on the college level. He has amassed 45 tackles and an interception so far this season, already easily surpassing the 26 tackles he made last season (albeit as a corner).
“I think it’ll help me become a better tackler,” Bonner said of the experience at safety. “I think I’m a more consistent tackler. But I’ll have to get used to going one-on-one more on the next level.”
Bonner, a wide receiver and returner as well, has scored three touchdowns so far this season. He enjoys being involved in all aspects of the game.
“This year has been totally different for me. I’m more in the limelight this year,” said Bonner, who boasted offers from Louisville, Michigan, Mississippi State and Troy before committing to Tech in July. “I feel like I need the ball. I think I’ve been playing great, actually. I have 45 tackles and an interception on defense. I have three touchdowns so far this year.”
Pleased with his individual performance so far this season, Bonner seeks to help Luella end 2009 on a high note.
“Our team has been on the losing end. We’re 1-4 so far,” Bonner said. “We have five games left. We’ve lost some close ones because we misjudged some teams. I think we have a chance to come back. We can never give up.”