January 21, 2011

Bolden enjoyed Columbus

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With three linebackers already in the fold for the 2011 class and five-star Curtis Grant still in play, the Ohio State Buckeyes will be able to be selective at the linebacker position in the 2012 class. One of the best junior linebackers in the Midwest for 2012 will be Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain product Joe Bolden.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect already has a verbal offer from Cincinnati and is hearing from some of the top programs in the nation. The Ohio State staff has made their interest known and this past Saturday, Bolden was on an unofficial visit to check out the basketball game against Penn State.

"It was awesome," said Bolden, of the game. "I got to sit down and talk to coach (Luke) Fickell and I got some information that I really liked to hear. It was just a real good visit, they gave us a tour of everything. I've been there a couple of times before but this was more of just an in-depth tour."

In addition to Fickell, Bolden was able to speak with his main recruiter coach John Peterson as well as head coach Jim Tressel.

"(The coaches) said that they're very interested in me and that they want to have me up again in the summer," he said.

Bolden's combination of size, strength, and athleticism has drawn the attention of a lot of other schools recently including Boston College, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Cincinnati but despite some rumors to the contrary, Bolden's only verbal offer at the moment comes from Cincinnati.

"There's a couple of websites that are reporting me having an offer from Tennessee but none of the coaches have heard anything about that," Bolden said.

Recently, Bolden was able to take an unofficial visit to Cincinnati for the Crosstown Shootout against rival Xavier and Bolden came away impressed by the atmosphere.


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