The second recruitment of former Texas Longhorns defensive back John Bonney was a short one, as he was reportedly in Lubbock visiting with the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Tuesday afternoon, according to Chris Level of Red Raider Sports, shortly after Texas announced his intention to transfer. Texas Tech confirmed Bonney’s addition to the program not long thereafter.
“We’re excited to add a veteran defensive back with such experience like John,” Texas Tech head coach Kingsbury said in a release. “We will begin to get him acclimated with our team this afternoon, and I believe he’ll be a great addition to our defensive backs room.”
Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods had already reported that Bonney was “likely to play for Texas Tech” and that Texas head coach Tom Herman made the relatively rare decision not to block a transfer to a conference opponent.
Herman, according to the report, “just wants John to be happy.”
So Bonney will be in scarlet and black when the Horns travel to Lubbock on November 10 to face off against the Red Raiders.
Bonney signed with Texas as a member of the 2014 recruiting class out of Houston Lamar and was a composite four-star recruit. The 6’0, 188-pounder appeared in 37 games with 15 starts for the Longhorns over his career. Last season, he started against Baylor and Texas Tech following the suspension of Holton Hill, totaling 19 tackles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception.
Capable of playing safety or cornerback, Bonney would provide some versatility to a Texas Tech secondary that returns every starter. He would also have a chance to reunite with former Texas defensive backs coach Clay Jennings, who was Bonney’s position coach in 2016 and joined the Texas Tech staff this offseason after a year at Houston.
So, despite the familiarity between Bonney and Jennings, it’s not immediately clear where Bonney will fit in the Red Raiders defense.