Army lands Peach State defender

When Jeff Monken came to West Point after four years of being the head coach at Georgia Southern, Army fans expected a boost in recruiting in those talent-rich southern states that are so highly coveted by D-1 coaches. Rashaad Bolton out of Veterans High School/Kathleen, Ga., gave the Army coaches his pledge making him the second commitment in the 2015 Army class out of the Peach State.

"Army is one of the top places in the entire nation when it comes to academics," Bolton shared with ArmySports.com. "I just saw a lot of opportunity at West Point to become a tremendous leader, learn discipline, and receive an outstanding education. It was a bunch of things, but those were at the top.

"The football team has a group of young DB's. I watched the game with Buffalo and thought they looked good. Coach Ware came down to the school. He has a nice, humble approach that sat well with me. He thought I'd fit well with the other DB's and in what they're trying to do defensively. He liked my size, 5-foot-11, 205, pounds, and said I have a knack for breaking at the right time on the ball, and he liked my physicality for playing the safety position."

Although Bolton did not have any other offers at the time of his Army commitment, he said he was being recruited by Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Mercer, Miami, Fla., Wofford, and Presbyterian.

"I'm really looking forward to being an officer in the Army," he said. "My Aunt is a retired ex-Marine and I'll be making more than she did. They explained to me about the five year commitment when they offered and I didn't think it was a problem at all. I want to be an officer. I think I'll be a good one."

Bolton plays the strong safety position at Veterans in the Warner Robins area. In his third year as a starter, Bolton says he's gained a good understanding of the position he'll take with him to D-1 football.

"I'm very comfortable out there getting good reads on the quarterback and breaking out of the hash," Bolton said. "I've been flying to the football in our first two games. Speed is a big part of my game coupled with just a good feel I have for what's going on and where I need to be on the field. We started off 0-2 but we're looking to bounce back this week when we play our first home game against Washington County."

The Warhawks have good reason to believe they can turn things around. They went 8-4 last year and two rounds deep in the Georgia AAAA playoffs. Veterans is just entering it's fifth year as a high school, opening their doors in August of 2010.

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