ASU impressing top JUCO OL Bolles

One of the top junior college offensive linemen in the country, Garett Bolles, is seriously considering Arizona State.

After breaking his commitment from BYU in early May, Utah junior college offensive lineman Garett Bolles has gotten a lot of attention from other colleges.

Since reopening his recruitment, the 4-star tackle said he is very interested in Arizona State.

“They’re definitely in my top three schools for sure,”Bolles said of the Sun Devils. “They’re one of my schools I’m heavily looking at coming there and being a part of they have going on in Arizona.”

Other schools that Bolles said he is interested in are Auburn, Ole Miss and Oregon. His plan is to take an official visit to ASU, Auburn and Ole Miss this fall.

Bolles is a 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. He reportedly also holds an offer from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Oregon.

The reason Bolles likes the Sun Devils is simple. He respects the program’s recent track record when it comes to taking in junior college transfers.

Bolles said he paid attention to this year’s draft. When former ASU players like safety Damarious Randall, wide receiver Jaelen Strong and defensive lineman Marcus Hardison’s names were called, it caught Bolles’s attention.

“Three of their guys that got drafted that were junior college players so you just look at how they take guys that started from the bottom and then now put them where they need to be,” Bolles said.

Bolles went on to say ASU is the “number one school in the country” at coaching former junior college players in his opinion.

Randall was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round. Strong was taken by the Houston Texans and Hardison was chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals in later rounds. All three players only played two seasons at ASU after starting at the junior college level.

Bolles said he is being mainly recruited by ASU offensive line coach Chris Thomsen and contact between the two has been constantly since Thomsen offered Bolles a scholarship.

Bolles said Thomsen is another reason he might play in Tempe.

“He’s a really good coach I can tell,” Bolles said. “He’s a family man. That’s something that I look at is a strong relationship and I definitely have one with him.”

Bolles said he has been to the ASU campus before, as his Snow College team has traveled to Tempe and used the facilities and practice fields.

But, he has not been on recruiting visit to ASU. He said he might make an unofficial visit sometime in July but, it may not come to fruition because he has summer school and training.

Bolles said he did take two unofficial visits this summer to Alabama and Auburn and doesn't have any others such visits solidified.

He said he is engaged will be getting married in the fall and an important factor in his recruitment is finding a school that also fits for his fiancé.

Bolles said he should be releasing a top five list of schools soon. Once he makes all of his official visits and after he gets married, he said he should make his commitment.

Bolles said he will finish his last semester at Snow College in May. Therefore, he will join his future team in the fall of 2016.


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