Michigan State offers Class of 2026 4-star RB Brian Bonner Jr.

Michigan State football has started its official visiting season, but that doesn’t mean coach Jonathan Smith and his staff are done handing out offers.

While many of Michigan State’s extended offers have been in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, the Spartans are looking as far West as possible.

Class of 2026 four-star running back Brian Bonner Jr. announced Friday on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he has received an offer from Michigan State. Bonner said in his post that he spoke with Spartan running backs coach Keith Bhonapha.

Bonner is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound recruit who plays for Valencia High School in California. He has also received offers from Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Oregon, Nebraska, Stanford, UCLA, Washington San Diego State and USC, among others.

According to 247Sports, Bonner is the No. 16 class of 2026 recruit in the state of California and the eighth-best running back in the country.

The following was Bonner’s assessment by 247Sports National Recruitment analyst Greg Biggins in April:

“Bonner is on the short list when it comes to the best running backs in the ’26 West Coast class. We really liked him at the Under Armor Next Camp in March and he has the total package of size, speed, wiggle and hands .He is an all-around back who put up solid numbers as a sophomore and as a receiver. He has a very projectable frame at around 6-0, 185 pounds with room to add good weight and his speed certainly shows in the football. .He is both quick and quick with some movement and can play any down and in any situation. He shone on the track this spring with a personal best of 10.65-100m, but he is not a football fan, he is a real Power. 4 at a high level, prospect who can play for any college in the country, Bonner is a player with a high ceiling and NFL upside.”

According to MaxPreps, Bonner ran for almost 500 meters last season. He also posted 457 receiving yards and 274 kick return yards for a total of 1,230 all-purpose yards.

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