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Luella's Bonner signs with Virginia Tech

By Zack Huffman

zhuffman@news-daily.com

Last season Roderick Sweeting became the first football player from Luella High School to commit to a Division I scholarship when he chose to play for Georgia Tech.

With the 2009 football season still over a month away, Detrick Bonner has decided to join his former teammate in the ACC, having verbally committed to play for the Hokies at Virginia Tech.

"I really liked their coaches and the way they run things," said Bonner.

"I really felt like I needed to commit."

Bonner, who will play in college as a cornerback, serves both that role and as a wide receiver for the Luella Lions.

In his junior year, according to Rivals.com, he caught 24 receptions for 504 yards and four touchdowns. On defense, he made 26 tackles, including two for a loss and grabbed one interception.

According to Bonner, while he was also considering offers from Clemson and Michigan, he had not quite narrowed his decision down to those two schools as much as was initially reported.

Bonner said he hopes to study criminal justice, but has not ruled out a switch in majors to engineering.

Bonner will visit the Virginia Tech campus next week.

"I'm excited, more than excited," he said.