Sunday, July 12, 2009

Joel Bonomolo: good as committed

Beaver's already reporting it as a done deal, there's a report out of New Orleans saying the same, and at the very least there's an official announcement tomorrow not-so-coincidentally immediately following his weekend visit to Auburn, so I think it's pretty safe to assume at this point that Fullerton (Ca.) Community College defensive end Joel Bonomolo will become Auburn's ninth commitment for the class of 2010 tomorrow.

Like the rest of the JUCO world, Bonomolo doesn't have guru ratings issued just yet, but he was offered by Utah, Washington, and both of the Arizona Pac-10 schools. (Tennessee may have also offered, ubt of course, they offer everybody.) So that's not too shabby. He also has this (the usual caution regarding highlight film audio applies):



Who knows how much to make of that given the level of competition, but ... yes, I'll at least agree that he appears to be useful. He'll have ot be, of course: he's only got two years of eligibility remaining.

Three other things worth noting:

1. Bonomolo is a teammate of Fullerton offensive line target John Cullen, though I somehow doubt at JUCO the bonds of brotherhood are quite what they are on a high school team

2. Bonomolo's from the New Orleans area originally--check out this nice article on how he went from a no-star recruit whose only offer was Southern Illinois to, well, a guy committing to Auburn--and hasn't made much of a secret that he'd like to get an LSU offer. I guess Auburn would have a struggle on their hands in the unlikely event LSU did come across with an offer, but otherwise, this is probably a good thing: never hurts for an Auburn player to have a pre-implanted chip on their shoulder towards one of our rivals, does it?

3. Man, do I hope we get to hear announcers call out "Bonomolo" repeatedly in '10 and '11. Say it with me: "Bonomolo." Yeah. Sweet.

7 comments:

OTS said...

Bonomolo...

Dear God, Verne Lundquist is going to have a field day with that one.

Bonomo... Bono-molo... Boonamalo... Boonamalu... Bon-molo... Bonaroo... Bonmool... Bonmule... Bonimolo...

I don't know anything about this young man, but I'd bet good many that he has a better chance of making All-American than Verne has of pronouncing his name right.

Marcus said...

That is a pretty good name, but for my money it'll be hard to top "Marcellas Mostella". I'm probably biased though. It seems like every game I went to while at school ('91-'96) I got to hear the announcement "Stop made by Takeo Spikes and Marcellus Mostella" after every single defensive play.
Marcellus Mostella... it just rolls off the tongue.

Walt said...

Hey Jerry, have you seen the butchering of the Evan Woodberry article on CNNSI about the early commitments? It basically became a hack piece saying Auburn is struggling horribly. It's the exact same words as Woodberry's article, just edited with some things cut together to make it appear like a really negative article. Talk about a seriously sh^tty piece of journalism. Here's a link to it if you haven't seen it...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/ncaa/07/10/auburn.commits.ap/index.html

The editing is so bad it cuts off one sentence in the middle and picks up another one in a typo and makes it sound like a recruit is talking about Auburn's needs on the offensive line.

Walt said...

Well crap, my link didn't work right. Oh well, it's on the front page of their college football section right now.

t said...

I know mechanics is something that can be worked out But....why does he look like he is taking toddler steps when he runs?

Jerry Hinnen said...

OTS: lolz

Walt, I'll get to that sometime soon. But yes, it's awful.

t said...

And I am not trying to flame. But is this really his highlight film? He doesnt tackle as much as he lays down while trying to hold on to them. It looked like he couldnt hit hard enough to bust and egg.