published Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Carver corner Bonner commits to Tennessee

KNOXVILLE -- With national signing day quickly approaching, Tennessee continues to fill out its 2012 football recruiting class.

The Volunteers landed some secondary help Saturday, when four-star cornerback prospect Deion Bonner committed while on an official visit to the UT campus. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Bonner, from Columbus Carver High School, is the fifth Georgian to commit for this class.

Bonner had numerous scholarship offers from schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and Southern California, but his recruitment took a downturn following his involvement in the theft of items worth nearly $2,000 from the Georgia locker room during an open house in April. Bonner was charged with one count of theft by taking, which is a misdemeanor.

With Bonner's commitment, UT's class stands at 21 recruits. A new SEC rule caps signing classes at 25 players, and the Vols must count grayshirted 2011 signee Tino Thomas and offensive lineman Alex Bullard, who will go on scholarship for next season, among the 25.

about Patrick Brown...

Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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