Posted: 9:55 am Saturday, February 28th, 2009

QB Cody Bonea transfers from Gardens to Lakes 

By Jason Lieser

Former Palm Beach Gardens quarterback Cody Bonea has transferred to Palm Beach Lakes, both schools confirmed.

Bonea was the Gators’ starting quarterback last season while he was enrolled in a magnet program at Palm Beach Gardens. Palm Beach Lakes is the closest school to his house.

“I always need QBs, so that’s a plus,” Rams coach Alonzo Jefferson said. “We’d love to have him.”

Bonea, who will be a senior next season, primarily ran a wing-T offense at Palm Beach Gardens under former coach Kevin Fleury. Jefferson said the Rams will feature a run-oriented offense as well, but will give Bonea more opportunities to throw than he had in the past.

As of now, Bonea is the leading candidate to replaced Greg Rideau, who will graduate this spring.

“He’s the frontrunner,” Jefferson said. “He’s got a good arm and he’s a smart kid.”

The Gators have a new coach in place, Chris Davis, so no one can make assumptions about the starting lineup, but last year’s back-up quarterback Brandon Welch should have the upper hand. John Bosch, the JV quarterback last season, will compete for the job, too.