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Oct. 28, 2013 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Rhode Island Standout Pledges To Notre Dame By Andrew Owens B arrington, R.I., small forward Bonzie Colson committed to Notre Dame Oct. 7 to become the second member of head coach Mike Brey's 2014 recruiting haul, joining power forward Martin Geben. commitment profile bonzie colson 247Sports ranks Colson as the No. 114 overall player in the nation, the No. 26 small forward in the land and the top prospect in Rhode Island. The three-star recruit had also received offers from Florida State, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Fairfield, before ultimately opting to join the Irish. He had narrowed his choices to Notre Dame and Florida State before announcing his intentions in front of his classmates at St. Andrew's High School. During the Oklahoma football weekend, Colson visited campus and hinted that an announcement could be following in the coming days. He had expressed multiple times during the recruiting process that he wanted to decide on a school before his senior year began. "The visit was great," Colson told Blue & Gold Illustrated. "I spent a lot of time with the players and coaching staff and had a feel of how it works, on what the college campus is like at Notre Dame. It's a great school, and I 247Sports ranks Colson as a three-star prospect, the No. 1 player in Rhode Island, the No. 26 small forward in the country and the No. 114 overall recruit in the class of 2014. photo courtesy 247sports saw what it's like. I went out to dinner [with members of the basketball program], I got a great feel of what Notre Dame is about." Irish assistant coach Martin Ingelsby primarily recruited Colson, who said he was not leaning toward either school prior to his Sept. 28 official visit. The high school senior said he has devel-

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