Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

February 26, 2014

Mount View’s Bonds signs with Concord

WELCH — Earlier this month, when Mount View senior center C. J. Lester signed to attend the University of Charleston and play football this fall, Golden Knight head football coach Todd McCoy expressed, “I hope this is the first of many.”

McCoy beamed Wednesday afternoon, as a second Knight senior, Donnell “Paco” Bonds signed to attend Concord University and play football this fall.

Related Bonds after he had signed in front of former teammates, family, friends and the media, “I feel like it will be a great opportunity for me to continue my career at Concord University.”

Bonds gained a wealth of experience at several positions on both sides of the football over his career at Mount View.

Just this past season, he played fullback, as well as on the offensive line, for the Knights, while mainly being positioned at an inside linebacker on defense.

McCoy, his head coach the last two seasons, spoke of Bonds, “I think he could have been an all-state defensive tackle but we had to use him at middle linebacker by necessity.  We had to have someone anchor the middle (defensively) and it was him.”

Continued McCoy, “He played offensive line for us when we needed it.  He ran the ball a little bit at fullback.  He punted the ball for us.  He kicked off…He was just a multi-talented guy.  I think they (Concord) may be able to use his talents over there.”

Of his multiple positions for the Golden Knights, Bonds said, “Whatever would help the team, I’d do.  I did what I had to do to get it done.”

Planning to major in either criminal justice or physical education at Concord, Bonds related he would like to coach football after college, “I want to give kids something I had when I grew up and want to help them be the best they can be.”

McCoy commented on the choice of Concord by Bonds, “He wanted to stay close to home and his family.”

Bonds further commented, “Concord has been with me since game 1.”

Spoke Paco’s dad, Ricco, “I’m very proud of him and knew he could do it.  The family and I are grateful for him.”

Ricco concluded, “I hope the community will be behind him and support him and see him through in college.”

Closed McCoy, “We’re real proud of him…He’ll be able to make the transition, whatever they want him to do.”

Bonds is the son of Ricco and Latasha Bonds of Welch.  He has a younger brother, Marquis, who is a sophomore athlete at Mount View.

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