It is a dream of many that play football in the state of West Virginia to run out onto Mountaineers Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Two teammates at Bridgeport (WV) will now get to join a third and be given the chance to live that dream.
Dante Bonamico and Elijah Drummond have accepted preferred walk-on position at WVU and will join current WVU commit Dylan Tonkery, brother of former WVU standout linebacker Wes Tonkery, in Morgantown next season. The three teammates just capped off an unforgettable career at Bridgeport with winning their 3rd straight state championship this past December but nothing compares to what they are calling a dream come true. “I’ve always dreamt of being a Mountaineer and I can’t wait to continue my football career there. Having Dante and Dylan there with me will just make it even more special,” Drummond said. Bonamico had a very similar response as well, “The opportunity means everything to me. It’s the school that I grew up loving to watch and it’s a dream come true for me, it’s an unreal feeling.”
All three contributed in their own way during Bridgeport’s run this past season. Bonamico was a key piece to the Indians offense with almost 1400 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns. He also made his mark on defense with 67 tackles that concluded with him being awarded the Carl Lee Award which is given to the state’s top defensive back. For all the success that Bonamico had on offense this past season, Tonkery was able to match it. Tonkery finished his stellar senior with over 1500 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns. Drummond wasn’t used as much on offense (323 yards rushing) but was a force on defense compiling 72 tackles during his senior season.
Tonkery has been verbally committed to the Mountaineers since last December but Bonamico and Drummond choose to walk-on at WVU rather than to pursue other opportunities at local colleges. It wasn’t an easy decision for Drummond. “It was a tough decision because the cost of college isn’t cheap but this is a challenge that I’m looking forward to.” While it is a big chance taken by these two talented prospects, the chance to represent to state at WVU was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
The success these three athletes will bring to WVU is something that they hope will carry over during their time at WVU.