Four-star linebacker Joe Bolden is working on scheduling an unofficial visit to North Carolina this…
Ohio Road Trip: Joe Bolden
Looking for a big, hard-hitting, smart linebacker? Look no further than Cincinnati Colerain and star Joe Bolden. Standing 6-foot-3, and weighing 235-pounds, is only part of the story for the number 18-ranked prospect in Ohio. A check of the film shows a speedy, hard-hitting, smart football player, and one who is continually working to get better, despite his great offer list. "I try to get better every day, and I think I'm a leader for my team," Bolden stated. "On the field, I make sure my team can hear my voice over the other team, the fans, whatever. I play downhill, running to the football, but I think I need to get better at every aspect of the game." "I don't think I'm anywhere near the player I need to be," he continued. "I need to do everything better this year, and it's hard for me to point out one thing. I'm not satisfied with one part of my play, so I'm in here every morning working out, watching film, talking to my coaches, just doing everything in my power to be better." This type of attitude, combined with his talent and skill level, has attracted the attention of college coaches across the Midwest, leading to several BCS offers. "I have offers from Michigan, Indiana, Stanford, Arizona, South Florida, North Carolina, and others," he reported. "I think I have close to 20 offers. I would say Michigan is at the top of my list, with a few others close to them." With offers from nearly every part of the country, the distance factor is something Bolden will need to address before cutting down his list to a working margin. "I have talked to my parents about the schools that have offered that are far from home," Bolden admitted. "My family told me they would support me no matter what school I decided to attend, whether it was close to home or far away. That meant a lot to me." "I really don't have a time-frame for cutting down my list, or making my decision, to be honest," he stressed. "I know I have until next February to decide, so if it takes that long to decide I'm good with it. I'm not going to be rushed at all and when I'm 100% certain, that's when I will decide." Even with one of the more impressive lists of any player in Ohio, there are still a few schools that have not offered to date that Bolden is interested in. "Tennessee and Ohio State seem to be close, and I will probably be going to camp at both places, to try to show what I have to their coaches," he added. "I really don't have anything planned yet, but that's what I'm thinking of doing, and I sure think a lot of both schools." "I also talk to Notre Dame, and they told me I'm at the top of their list," he continued. "They seem to be set at linebacker, but there is a chance at an offer. I've been a fan since I was a little kid, and once you go there, you realize the history of the program. I think a lot of (head coach) Brian Kelly and that staff."
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