Clemson became the latest school to throw its hat in the ring for fast-rising 2017 cornerback Gentry Bonds on Wednesday when defensive backs coach Mike Reed delivered an offer from the Tigers.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect from Riverdale High in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has a lot of hats to choose from.
In May alone, aside from Clemson, Bonds has picked up offers from Missouri, Purdue, Duke and Nebraska, respectively. He has also drawn offers from Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis, North Carolina and Wake Forest since the calendar year began. Vanderbilt offered first in February 2015, followed in order by Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee and Indiana.
Reed and Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell have begun to form a bond with Bonds, who is a fan of the atmosphere at Clemson.
“I know that they obviously competed in the National Championship last year, and they have a great fan base,” Bonds said during an interview with The Clemson Insider. “I’ve talked to Coach Caldwell and Coach Reed, and I really like those guys. I just feel like they have a great coaching staff, and it’s an all-around great atmosphere.”
Bonds is a ball-hawking player with long arms and good hands who covers plenty of ground.
He was an all-region selection as a junior in 2015 after notching 59 tackles, four interceptions and 13 pass breakups.
“They like my size, the way I get to the ball and my ball-skills,” Gentry said of Clemson. “I get to the ball on every play, and I have a real nose for the ball.”
Bonds will make his way to Clemson for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp next month.