For Parkway Central (Chesterfield, Mo.) linebacker Jonathan Bonner it was an easy choice.
“You can pretty much say that it's my family’s school, so I've decided to commit to the University of Notre Dame,” said Bonner.
“My uncle (Dany Knott) played running back there a while back and my godfather’s grandson was Sergio Brown, so I've heard about all the benefits and I know how a diploma from there will benefit me later in life.
“They have a great program right now and they always have. I love the education aspect of things, the great facilities and the fact they have a great football team. Notre Dame’s been around a long time and I’ve dreamt of going there for quite a while.”
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defender is certainly happy with the decision he's made, but readily admits the whole thing’s been kind of a blur.
“Notre Dame wasn’t really recruiting me until after their camp this past weekend,” he shared. “I went there and showed them what I could do and it seems they were impressed. They came through with an offer very quickly.”
Bonner, who had over 15 offers from around the nation, chose the Irish over programs like Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Missouri and Purdue. As a junior, he recorded 64 tackles and 12 sacks. He was an All-State selection by both coaches and media members.
With the Missouri native now in the fold, the Irish coaches already have their sights set on where they see the young man fitting in the scheme of things.
“The coaches say that I'll be playing the CAT outside linebacker position,” claimed Bonner. “I believe I'll feel comfortable there. I'm quick off the edge and I have a strong pass rush. I'm really good at using my hands and I'm great at setting the edge on run plays.”
Now that he's given his pledge to the Irish, Bonner's recruitment is over and he's finished taking visits to any other schools.
“I'm totally done with recruiting and I'm strongly committed to Notre Dame. I plan on going back to South Bend again sometime in July and I can't wait.”
Bonner is the 13th member of the Irish 2014 class and the second linebacker pledge, joining Greer Martini, who offered his commitment to the Irish almost a year ago.
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