Linebacker may arguably be the thinnest position depth wise on the Arizona roster, so with that in mind the UA coaches are working hard to find quality players to add depth to the team.
One of their targets is Cincinnati Colerain outside linebacker Joe Bolden, who is receiving a lot of attention nationally.
"Right now I think I have 17 or 18 offers, I'm not 100 percent sure," Bolden said. "I believe Michigan is my newest offer."
With its offer to Bolden, UM has continued its hot pursuit of the 6-foot-3, 230 pound four-star prospect, who is also receiving a lot of attention from the hometown Bearcats as well.
"Obviously UC is recruiting me hard since it's only 20 minutes from my house, and Michigan as well," Bolden said. "Other than those two, it's a toss up. Everyone has been recruiting me pretty hard. I really can't say which ones are recruiting me the hardest."
With their efforts, Cincinnati and Michigan have put themselves in a good position in Bolden's recruitment, along with another school from the SEC. While he has pinpointed those three schools, he admits he is still open to all the other programs who have offered.
"I believe Michigan, UC, and Kentucky are my favorites," Bolden said. "Other than those three, I'm really trying to find more information about the other schools because I haven't had a chance to visit them yet. The first chance I have to visit the schools that have offered me, I'm definitely going to make the visit."
One of the schools Bolden is still getting to know is Arizona, although he likes what he knows about the Wildcats so far.
"I have an offer from Arizona," Bolden said. "I think they're pretty high up there. I like the coaches, I think it's a program on the rise, and their academics are pretty good."
Recruiting Bolden for UA is defensive coordinator Tim Kish, and although the two are still getting to know each other, he has enjoyed getting to know his recruiting coach.
"I'm being recruited by the linebackers coach, coach Kish," Bolden said. "I've talked to him and he seems like a really nice guy. He's a really intelligent, football smart guy."
Even though he wants to take as many visits as possible, he only has one visit scheduled thus far and is open to visiting Arizona sometime in the near future.
"Right now I'm going to Michigan next Tuesday," Bolden said. "Other than that, I'm not really sure what visits I have planned. There's a chance I make it out to Arizona. It all depends on my baseball schedule and my summer schedule. If I can't get out there this spring or the summer, I'll try to get out there this fall for sure."
Whichever schools he ultimately decides to visit, Bolden knows exactly what he'll be looking for in his prospective schools.
"The number one thing I'm looking for is definitely academics," Bolden said. "Obviously the football program and the tradition at the university also."
With his schedule unclear in terms of visits, Bolden admits that he is not in much of a hurry to make a decision.
"I don't really have a timetable," Bolden said. "It would be nice to make my decision before the season starts to have that stress of my back. In an ideal world, that'd be what would happen. I'm not pressuring myself or putting myself under a timeline, I have until February 2nd next year."
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