It’s almost too easy to mock SOD for the news that Deion Bonner is the sole suspect in a campus theft of a cell phone.
“Deion, we did a lot of diligence on the situation. Deion was incredibly truthful, he was incredibly remorseful and I don’t know of a high school player who had to pay the piper more for what they did than what he had to go through. Had an absolute public disparagement.
“Everybody stopped recruiting him, and it was tough. It was incredible the maturity level that he showed. I believe that he can come in and represent Tennessee the right way and learn from his mistakes and be a great example.
“Certainly, it’s not the norm, but we felt like given the diligence that we did on him and, of course, he’s a good football player. Let’s don’t deny that at a key position. We felt willing to take the risk.”
Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it, though. Should be another feather in SOD’s cap when he sits down with Dave Hart for his postseason evaluation.
Oh, and expect Bonner to go if the suspicions have legs. He’s not playing on defense. I suspect Alabama State’s about to get itself another refugee.