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Football: Meet the Recruits 2017 - DB Gentry Bonds

Bonds was the first of what would become the best class of defensive backs the Jackets have signed under Paul Johnson.

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Gentry Bonds committed to Georgia Tech in August, becoming the 11th commitment in the 2017 class and the fourth defensive back at the time. Bonds is rated as a 4-star recruit by Rivals (5.8) and a 3-star by the 247Sports Composite (0.8545).Bonds attended Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn. and chose the Yellow Jackets over his other four top schools - Clemson, Missouri, Nebraska and Kentucky. He also had offers from Tennessee, Louisville and North Carolina.

On Film

At 6’1 and 190 pounds, Bonds is certainly big enough to play corner at the next level. He shows a great ability to break on balls and make plays, as well as a knack for making some big hits. He also makes some pretty tough interceptions off deflections. While Bonds could certainly stand to get slightly more athletic in order to compete with ACC receivers, the physicality and skill is certainly there to turn into a great defensive back for several years.

What to Expect

Georgia Tech returns all of its starters in the secondary from 2016 - AJ Gray, Corey Griffin, Step Durham and Lawrence and Lance Austin. However, my intuition is the guys in this class are simply too talented to not have some of them get considerable playing time. Bonds will certainly have an opportunity in fall camp to show the coaches he is deserving of getting some reps come game time.