All Eyes on a Sycamore Back

When the University of Cincinnati was looking for running back depth in the 2017 recruiting class, they did not have to look far when they offered Sycamore’s Ra‘Von Bonner a scholarship. They saw something that many people are beginning to see.

In only four games, Bonner has rushed for 488 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also contributed to the receiving game, catching eight passes for 94 yards. In Sycamore’s only win this season, the junior running back carried the football 14 times for 111 yards and scored four touchdowns in the 42-7 victory against Covington Catholic. He is averaging 5 ½ yards per carry which is up from five yards a carry a year ago. Sycamore head coach
Scott Dattilo attributes the improvement to Bonner’s time in the weight room and maturing as a running back.

“Ra‘Von is 15 pounds heavier than a year ago, which has him at 190 pounds,” Dattilo said. “He has good speed, vision and hands, and learning how to finish runs more this year.”


Even with a smaller build last season, Bonner was able to lead the team with 1,120 yards and 16 touchdowns. That is quite an accomplishment in just his sophomore season, and also take into account Bonner shared the workload with now senior Clarence Dawson. Now Bonner is getting more touches to the point where he is almost doubling the workload in the backfield between the two backs.

“He resembles qualities of many good running backs. Ra ’Von is not flashy and a human highlight reel. He is a prototypical power back.”

The University of Cincinnati was one of the first offers, but since Bonner has received an offer from Toledo and made an unofficial visit to Michigan State to watch the game against Oregon.

Now opposing coaches are starting to gameplan for the 5-feet-11 running back, and far from a surprise for any schools in the area. Dattilo expressed that Bonner is a huge asset to his team and can hurt opponents in many ways.

If this success continues for Bonner more offers will be given to the Sycamore running back in the coming months. Those offers will give a better idea on the type of collegiate level he will be looking at. Dattilo said that he has scene Ra’Von grow up not just on the football field, but also mature in the classroom, and knows if his grades continue to get better than more doors will open for the junior.

Sycamore Recruits to Watch:
Junior Linebacker Grant Young is 6-feet-2 and runs well. A physical linebacker that is playing the strong linebacker position. He added about 25-30 pounds in the offseason.

Senior Ben Schehr – Most improved player from last season.

Junior Zach Richardson, 6-feet-6, 185 lbs – A dominating player on the offensive line. He started at center but moved to right tackle.

Junior Josh Feld is a 6-Feet-5, 315 lbs big, strong offensive line.

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