Top Florida lineman puts Louisville in Top 5

Denzel Bonner

Denzel Bonner, one of the best offensive linemen in Florida, is drawing interest from several big-time programs. The 6-3, 280-pound standout lists Louisville as one of his Top 5 schools. He recently visited Florida State and is planning to attend Louisville's junior day next month.

Denzel Bonner, one of the best offensive linemen in Florida, is drawing interest from several big-time programs. The 6-3, 280-pound standout lists Louisville as one of his Top 5 schools. He recently visited Florida State and is planning to attend Louisville's junior day next month.

Bonner, who participated in Scout.com's combine in Jacksonville last weekend, said Clemson, Florida State, East Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Auburn, LSU and Maryland are showing the most interest in him currently. He recently visited Florida State for the Seminoles junior day and plans to take in a few more junior days this spring.


Bonner lists the Cardinals as one of his five
favorites and will attend UofL's junior day
in April.

"I'm planning to go to Auburn, Clemson and Louisville," Bonner said.

Bonner, an All-Big Bend selection as a junior, has one offer from Florida International. Bonner says his current Top 5 schools are Clemson, Florida State, Florida, LSU and Louisville. Clemson is the early favorite for the standout Tallahassee offensive lineman.

"I just love the atmosphere (there)," Bonner said. "I have a friend, Deandre McDaniel, that goes there and he tells me he loves it and it's a great environment to play. They've been sending me a lot of stuff. Right now I want to play for them. That's my top school."

Bonner says he's also interested in Louisville and wants to learn more about Steve Kragthorpe's program. "I haven't researched a lot about the school but they have a great program and I plan to take my visit to find out more about their program and football facilities," he said.

Standing 6-3, 280-pounds, Bonner, who also participates in track and weight-lifting, bench presses 380 pounds and cleans 400 pounds. "He's very strong and powerful," said Shelton Crews, Bonner's coach.

"He's started for us the last two years," Crews said. "He was a starter at weak tackle as a sophomore. Last season, we moved him to strong guard. He had an 88 percent grade for the year and 46 de-cleaters."

A versatile prospect, Crews believes Bonner can excel at either guard or center in college.

"He's very smart," said Crews. "In college, he's either a guard or center. He has played center – he can snap the ball. He played center in games last year from time to time – he was our backup center. He can shot-gun snap, he can snap to the quarterback under center. He doesn't have to be taught to play center – he can play the position."

Crews has been hearing from college coaches that are interested in recruiting Bonner. "He gets mail from everybody," Crews said. "West Virginia called the other day and I talked to them about him. Kentucky has been interested. FIU, FAU."

Crews expects interest to pick up this spring for Bonner's services.

"He's a good kid and comes from a good family," Crews said. "He's also a good football player."

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