Article Written by: Zane Rowland – follow on Twitter
Orion Bonner is another great wideout coming out of Moultrie for the Colquitt County Packers. Bonner is a guy that has seen time on both sides of the ball for the Packers, but he is looking to make a splash in Josh Crawford’s high flying offense this fall.
“Bonner has been a great kid for our program and is respected by our coaches,” Crawford stated. “I think he is a guy that will make a splash this season. Bonner is a gifted player with blazing speed who we truly feel can do it all! He is a very dynamic player who can move around and get the ball, too.”
Those are some strong words coming from a coach who has seen his fair share of top talent. Crawford has coached a lot of guys at receiver that have either gone on to D-1, or are headed there. – very high praise!
Bonner has decent size coming in at 5’10 175 pounds. Despite being 175 pounds, he told me he has a max squat of 405. Certainly shows that he is a hard worker in the weight room as well.
When I asked him of his expectations for the 2021 season for the Packers, he had some strong words.
“I feel like the mindset that we have as a team for this season is a championship mentality,” Bonner said.
After talking to Crawford, I wanted to get the assessment straight from the horse’s mouth about his ability as a player.
“What really makes me standout is my work ethic.” Bonner continued, “For me, I am always working on my craft to get better as a player. I feel as though if you put me in a one on one situation, there is nobody that can guard me.”
I also chatted with Bonner about the possibility of playing football at the next level. He feels as though that not only can he compete at the next level, but can play D-1.
“I feel as though my work ethic and my abilities will be able to elevate me to play anywhere at the D-1 level,” Bonner stated. “I run a 4.52 in the forty yard dash, so I have the speed to get me places also.”
Bonner has all the makings to be the next great wideout to come out of Moultrie. With his talents and abilities couple with Josh Crawford’s offense, Bonner is sure to shine.
RG’s Take: We had Bonner on our radar for over a year now. He does have some legit burst to his step, and we think with the right amount of production on the field that will translate over to some offers. Getting up to 175 lbs. is a solid jump from this time last year where he was more in the low-160’s. That alone should add another explosive element to his game. He also reports a 36″ vertical jump, so we are really eager to see that explosiveness translates over to the field.