The Terps have made inroads in Ohio the last few recruiting classes, and they’re attempting to continue that trend in 2017. Maryland and head coach Randy Edsall recently extended several new offers, including one to Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) outside linebacker Kyle Bolden. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder, who is the cousin of Michigan linebacker Joe Bolden, received his Terps’ verbal Sept. 7 and said he was “very excited about it.”
“The Maryland offer was a great one to get; I was very excited about it,” said Bolden, who now has scholarships from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Marshall and Toledo. ”I did not know much about the university other than they have a great football program and are now in a great Big Ten conference that plays against great competition. But Coach Stud [Greg Studrawa] filled me in on the phone about the academics and other things I wanted to know about the university. It sounds like a great school and a place I want to check out.”
Bolden has actually known Studrawa for more than a year now. The Ohio native said his Terps’ area recruiter visited Colerain last year, while he knows many of the school’s staff members quite well. Including someone close to Bolden in particular.
“My father is a coach [at Colerain], and he knows Coach Stud pretty well. They’ve been talking and all that and have a good relationship,” Bolden said. “I’ve met Coach Stud before too. Just from talking to him, he’s a great guy and seems like a great coach too. He’s been telling me he likes my game, and he filled me in about the offer. I like him a lot.”
The Colerain product has never been to the Old Line State or College Park, Md., before, but is in the process of scheduling a visit. He said he’ll likely make it out sometime after his junior season, possibly for a junior day.
“I’d definitely like to get out there and see what it’s like. I’d like to see the school, meet the coaches and just learn more what Maryland is about,” Bolden said. “Right now I’m still learning about them, so I have to do more research.”
Bolden has only seen a few nearby programs thus far (Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State). He does not plan on venturing out to many games this fall, however, since his main focus is on helping his high school team.
“I’ll be doing most of my visits after my season. I’ll be getting out a lot in the offseason,” Bolden said. “There’s a lot of places I want to see, but not right now because I’m focusing on my team.”
Bolden went on to say he has no early favorites or offers he’s looking for in particular. He did mention he’d like to play in the Big Ten since that’s the conference he grew up watching, but isn’t about to limit himself if other options arise.
“Everything is open right now,” Bolden said. “I’m going to go through the process, see what happens this year, visit some schools [in the offseason], and then go from there.”