Nick Bolton, a 6-foot-0, 228-pound linebacker from Frisco (Texas) Lone Star, is looking forward to all the aspects of his final year of high school ball, which officially kicked off on Monday with the first day of spring practice.
"It is exciting to be playing my last year as a Lone Star Ranger," Bolton stated. "This is my team, my defense."
Bolton has secured 13 offers with schools such as Boston College, Colorado, Houston, Indiana, SMU, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Texas-San Antonio, Tulsa, Arkansas State, Marshall, Stephen F. Austin stepping to the plate.
"Boston College was the first one, so they are always going to be with me and they play in the ACC as well," Bolton said as he talked about stand out offers. "Indiana plays in the Big 10 and that is big-time, Colorado is also big-time, and of course Houston is a good college as well. Washington (no offer) has talked to me and they have been keeping in touch with me every once in a while. They say they like me a lot, so that is why I am keeping on that one."
Colorado and Houston have both already stopped in to see him practice.
"It is pretty good," Bolton answered when asked what it was like having coaches from those programs stop in. "Great coaches, great coaching staff. It was great to have them both out here and I talk to both of them often."
Ross Els, who joined the Buffaloes' staff earlier this spring as inside linebackers and special teams coach, has been "heavy" after Bolton, he reports.
"Based off what I know, Colorado is great," he said. "The environment out there is great. It sounds like their coaches are great individuals and great coaches. They have great players out there. They have a successful team and the Pac-12 speaks for itself.”
As a junior in 2016, Bolton racked up 87 tackles (66 solos), six pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, and an interception to earn 13-5A Defensive MVP honors.
"Physicality, Bolton said of his strengths as a linebacker. "And my vision is one of my best attributes. I used to watch Shaq Thompson at Washington, so that was one of the linebackers I have looked up to. He's a great player.
"Most schools are looking at for me inside 'backer, I have a few for outside ('backer). Most people that have offered me, so I am guessing that it is most likely the defense I am going to be playing in is going to be running the 3-4."