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Profile: Newnan wide receiver Alan Bonner

7:32 a.m. Monday, September 8, 2008

Newnan wide receiver Alan Bonner, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia 150 list, has offers from Alabama-Birmingham and interest from the Air Force Academy and Akron. He caught 73 passes for more than 1,100 yards in 2007 and will lead the Cougars into a season-opening showdown this week with LaGrange. Bonner talked to staff writer Jay Stone about being recruited: — On what he looks for in a visit: “Hopefully the school I’m visiting will offer me. I’m looking for good environment. Somewhere I can go and basically stay out of trouble, with a good town around me. “ — On what school he has always been a fan of: “Florida State. I grew up buying all the apparel and the hats and shirts and shorts and stuff. I went to a baseball camp there.” — On his 2007 season: “At the beginning of the season I started out at quarterback. Me and Russell Powell were battling for it. He got an edge on me, so I started working at receiver. I just did the best I could and worked hard. I don’t have any regrets from switching.” — What he’d be if not a football player: “Probably playing basketball and running track. I’ve got some small schools interested in me in basketball.” — On the thing that’s a deal-breaker with a school recruiting him: “There were some schools I liked because of the area. My parents went with me to Florida State and they saw all the stuff around it and knowing that another school was right down the street, they were concerned about me staying focused. I think I can cope with it.” — On the first school to recruit him: “UAB was the first school to offer me.” — On college games he has been to: “I’ve been to a couple of Georgia games. I’ve seen them play Florida and at Auburn. Last year I went to Mississippi State and saw them play Gardner-Webb.” — On how big a factor a school’s depth chart is: “Not too big of a deal. I hope I can go in and show the coaches I really want to play. Show them I’m a hard worker, and maybe I can play.” — On his academic interests: “I think I want to study sports medicine.”

 

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