SoCal LB Curtis Bolton talks USC Junior Day

One of the fastest rising players out West is Vista Murrieta (Calif.) athlete Curtis Bolton. Bolton has three early offers on the table and was in attendance at USC's Junior Day over the weekend.

Curtis Bolton is an intriguing player who fits in that hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position. He's a natural pass rusher with a relentless motor and is a blur coming off the edge.

We were in attendance when Vista Murrieta took on a star studded Rancho Cucamonga squad in the CIF semi-final game last year and Bolton was the best player on the field not named Su'a Cravens. He had five sacks, several tackles for loss and was completely un-blockable all game long.

On the recruiting front, Bolton has already visited Washington and has offers from the Huskies, Washington State and Oklahoma.

"USC was a great experience and they're showing a lot of interest in me now," Bolton said. "They have a beautiful campus, the coaches are amazing and it's a place that I can definitely see myself at for the next four years. They're switching to a 3-4 defense and that makes them a lot more desirable for me when it comes time to picking a school.

"I really wasn't hearing anything from USC but I think it's because I don't really fit in a 4-3 scheme. Ever since they brought in the new coaches and announced they're moving to a 3-4, they have been recruiting me a lot more. They really want me to go to their camp so they can see how I cover. They want to get a better look at me playing in space and if I check out there, I could land an offer."

Although Bolton is being recruited as a linebacker, he said he spent most of the time talking with Trojan DL coach Ed Orgeron.

"The outside ‘backers went with the defensive linemen when we split in to groups," Bolton said. "Coach O is really cool, he's funny and real easy to talk with. I could see him being my future coach because a big part of my decision will be my relationship with my position coach and how well I get along with them.

"I've already been to Washington and I'll be at Boise State in mid-March. I also plan to camp with UCLA and USC and that's about all I have planned right now. I'll also be in Las Vegas this weekend for the New Level 7 on 7 tournament playing for Body By Tra and I'm looking forward to that as well.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
Twitter | E-Mail |

Scout Football Top Stories