Over the weekend, one of the best corners in the Southeast, four-star corner Deion Bonner, of Columbus, GA made his verbal pledge to the University of Tennessee. From a purely football standpoint Bonner is a no-brainer addition to Derek Dooley’s class of 2012, he is a multi-talented, big, corner who could compete for playing time almost immediately.
However, as many people have noted, Bonner comes with skeletons in his closet. While on his official visit to UGA in the summer, Bonner and two others, were caught stealing ipods and iphones. The three were charged byAthens-Clarke county with misdemeanor theft. The subsequent fall out cost Bonner stars, and several college offers.
Bonner has by all accounts shown admirable contrition, and served his high-school penalty without complaint. So the question clearly is: Is this a kid who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, or a criminal? Derek Dooley is about to find out.
Reportedly before Dooley offered Bonner he had at least three sit-downs with the young man. Dooley apparently feels that the Vol-For-Life program, and the quality of people who surround Bonner will be good for him, and the University.
There are two ways of looking at this:. On the one hand Dooley believes in this kid, and it’s a reclamation project worth gambling. On the other hand, Dooley needs to win now, and figures this kid is worth the gamble. I am leaning towards the first, one freshman corner isn’t likely to make or break Dooley’s career.
Welcome to Big Orange Country Deion!