Carver corner Bonner commits to Tennessee

Carver corner Bonner commits to Tennessee

January 22nd, 2012 by Patrick Brown in Sports - College

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.