Hugh Freeze and Co. are having a busy weekend. After nabbing a three-star defensive back on Saturday morning, the Rebs landed a commitment from three-star defensive end Tim Bonner, who becomes the 15th member of a class that currently ranks 21st in the country.
The Rebs were heavily involved in the 6'2, 220-pound weak-side defensive end's recruitment out of high school but lost out to Louisville (he also received high school offers from State, Kentucky and Memphis). Bonner, a native of Demopolis, Ala., sat out a redshirt freshmen year with the Cardinals before transferring last season to East Mississippi Community College. Bonner will have three years of eligibility remaining once he arrives in Oxford
At Demopolis High, he collected 84 tackles and nine quarterback sacks as a senior. The No. 67 JUCO player in the country and the No. 7 defensive end in the country is expected to be the speed rush guy off the edge that Ole Miss utilizes so much in its 4-2-5 scheme.
How does he fit in?
I alluded to the speed rush specialist that Ole Miss loves to have in their system earlier. Marquis Haynes is more than likely headed to the NFL Draft after this season, which could open up an immediate role for Bonner. He's is a rangy playmaker who can run in the open field like a defensive back (clocked in the 4.5s at EMCC spring combine).
With Haynes departure imminent and Fadol Brown and John Youngblood departing due to graduation, Chris Kiffin is loading up on the defensive line. Bonner joins three-star defensive line quartet of Rasool Clemons, Bryan Jones, Jay Johnson and Markel Winters. Kiffin and Co. are putting a huge emphasis on the position in this class, especially with the uncertainty surrounding former four-star signee Charles Wiley.