The Maryland staff is out and about recruiting the week of Sept. 19-24 with the Terps on a bye, and one of the first areas they hit was Georgia. UMD-area recruiter Walt Bell trekked through the Peach State Sept. 19 and tossed out a new offensive tackle offer to senior Jacob Bolton (Blessed Trinity/Roswell, Ga.) while in town.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Bolton held one previous power-five look from Iowa State, so the Maryland scholarship was significant.
“It’s real big, real big,” said Bolton, who also holds offers from Southern Miss, Georgia Southern, Toledo, Georgia State, Arkansas State and others of that ilk. “I’m really looking forward to getting up there for a visit. Maryland is definitely my leader.”
Bolton said Bell stopped by Blessed Trinity last year, but the two hadn’t really had any contact since then. They briefly exchanged greetings Sept. 19, but Bolton hasn’t spoken to Bell in-depth as of yet.
“It was good to finally meet Coach Bell, but there are some rules where I can’t really talk to him in person yet, so most of what he said was relayed through my coach,” Bolton said. “My coach told me Coach Bell said [the Terps] like my tape so far this year and think I can really help them. [Bell] said they have three offensive line commits right now and they’re taking five, and they’d like me to be one of those five.
“So that sounded great to me, and I’m looking forward to getting to know [Bell] and Maryland more.”
The Georgia tackle doesn’t know a ton about the Terps yet, but he’s privy to enough peripherals to dub UMD his current leader. The conference affiliation stood out first and foremost, while the Under Armour connections have Bolton’s eye too.
“Maryland a big school, and I actually watched them when they were in the ACC a good bit. So I am familiar with them,” Bolton said. “Now, I know they’re in the Big Ten and they play a tough schedule, which I like. I know they’re 3-0 right now, and I saw the end of the UCF game where they won in double overtime. So it looks like a program moving in the right direction, and I’m looking forward to learning more.”
Bolton is unsure when he might make it to College Park, Md., but he said Blessed Trinity has a bye in early October. He might be able to make it to Maryland’s game against Minnesota Oct. 12.
“I definitely want to get up to Maryland for a game,” Bolton said. “That’s what I’m aiming for.”
In the meantime, Bolton will be embarking on his first official to Iowa State Oct. 1. He doesn’t know much about the Cyclones either, but is eager to check out the school.
“Iowa State is still up there for me. It’s a good program and I like the coaches,” Bolton said.
Bolton plans on taking four or five officials before it’s all said and done.
Even though he only has two power-five suitors, he said more programs are beginning to show interest in him, including UNC; UGA; and Ole Miss. Thus, he wants to gauge what offers materialize once his senior film is fully evaluated. After that, he’ll decide what other programs he wants to check out.
“I didn’t get to play last year because I broke my arm, so I didn’t really have any film,” Bolton said. “But now things are picking up with my film getting out there. So I want to wait until after my senior season and after I take my visits before committing.”