One of the country’s top junior college offensive linemen has Arkansas penciled in on his calendar.
Garett Bolles is a four-star offensive tackle at Snow College in Utah who Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and offensive line coach Sam Pittman visited Monday.
“They talked to my coaches, got to know them and got to see what we do here at Snow College, and also watch me practice,” Bolles said. “I said hi to them and that I’m looking forward to my visit there on Thanksgiving weekend.”
The visit was a continuation of the relationship Bolles has formed with Bielema and Pittman, who he regularly communicates with via phone calls and Twitter messages.
Bolles will be in Fayetteville on his official visit for the Razorbacks’ game against Missouri on Nov. 27.
“I have a great relationship with both of them,” Bolles said. “I’m really excited about Arkansas and what they have to offer. I’m really looking forward to coming out there and seeing the place and seeing the people and enjoying myself.”
Despite Arkansas’ rocky 2-4 start after being ranked in the preseason, Bolles said his interest in the Razorbacks hasn’t wavered.
He also said he doesn’t put much stock into the headlines Bielema has created with his words and actions.
“Coach Bielema is a great man and he has a great heart and loves his players,” Bolles said. “I just look at what he says to me and trust what he says.”
Bielema’s – as well as Pittman’s – history of success with offensive linemen is something Bolles is considering with Arkansas.
If he chooses the Razorbacks, he’ll have an opportunity to fill the shoes left behind by Sebastian Tretola. While Tretola was also a junior college transfer, Bolles sees himself as a different player.
“Everyone brings something different to the dinner table,” Bolles said. “I hope to (have similar success), but like I said, everyone is different. They all want to put the stamp on the paper differently and that’s what I’ll do.”
On top of his trip to Arkansas, Bolles plans to take an official visit to Oregon. He may also take one to Ole Miss, but nothing is set in stone.
“Everything is sort of up for grabs,” Bolles said. “I’m definitely taking a trip to Arkansas and to Oregon. Those are my two trips that are 100 percent settled right now.”
Once he takes those visits, he hopes to make a decision sometime at the beginning of the year, in either January or the first part of February.
“Right now I’m just really focusing on my schoolwork and focusing on being a leader and finishing my season strong, seeing how far we can go,” Bolles said. “When the time comes, I’ll finalize everything and take my trips and then make my decision later this year.
“I’m just soaking everything in and enjoying my time and enjoying the recruiting process and building my relationships.”