O-D Bowl: Victor Bolden

Victor Bolden hopes to get better at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and see how he compares to some of the nation's best talent.

For a player that stands just 5-foot-9, it's not surprising that Victor Bolden was impressed by the size of his teammates at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

"The talent's really good out here," Bolden said. "There are a lot of bigger people. They definitely have some speed, but it's not something I can't get used to. I feel like I'm coming out here just trying to compete."

The Oregon State commit worked primarily out of the slot in most of the passing drills during the first day of practice Thursday. Bolden impressed with his speed and found openings in the coverage on several occasions.

"Practice is going good," Bolden said. "We're just trying to come out here and build some camaraderie with the team. We've only got a few days to come together as a team, and we're all just trying to make plays."

The experience of playing with some of the nation's elite high school talent will help Bolden measure where he stands with some of the other FBS talent, something that will help him when he arrives in Corvallis, Ore., in July.

He hopes his skillset pushes him into contention to see the field as a freshman.

"I think there's a possibility. I'm always coming in ready to play and let the chips fall where they do."

That opportunity to play early was something that caught Bolden's eye when he committed to Mike Riley in the summer.

"The family atmosphere out there is great," Bolden said. "The coaches are friendly people. I feel like I'm part of the team already. The fan support out there is great. I feel like I can contribute right away."

Bolden said he won't make a visit to campus in the spring, but he will go on July 9 to start classes. Oregon State provides classes for all freshmen student-athletes to earn credit and get used to the college atmosphere.

Bolden will return home after the three week program and return to Oregon State in August when the Beavers start fall camp.

But as for now, Bolden has his eyes set on impressing at the O-D Bowl.

"Football's always fun," Bolden said. "I'm coming out here to compete and show what I can do out there against national competition. I just want to represent Cali football."

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