Less than two weeks after pulling in an offer from Maryland, Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.) tackle Jacob Bolton flew into College Park, Md., for his first look at the school. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder took an unofficial visit Oct. 1 for the Terps’ game against Purdue, and afterwards Bolton said he’s as high on Maryland as ever.
“Maryland is definitely still my top school,” said Bolton, who promptly declared UMD his leader over Iowa State when the Maryland offer materialized Sept. 20. “I thought the campus was awesome, I loved the atmosphere at the game and I really liked the whole coaching staff. It was a great time. I was definitely impressed.”
Although Bolton liked seeing the Terps knock off Purdue, he said the highlight of the day was meeting the staff. Bolton had a chance to speak to line coach Dave Borbely, area recruiter Walt Bell, receivers’ coach Chris Beatty and, of course, headman D.J. Durkin.
“Coach Durkin is a really good guy. He took me into his office and said he really liked my film and has heard great things about me,” Bolton said. “It was a really good conversation, and he really wants me up there.
“And I loved Coach Borbely. That was my first time talking to him, and he definitely has a lot of experience and knows what he’s doing. I could see myself playing for him.”
As for the game itself, Bolton was treated to a 50-7 UMD romp. Even though it was raining, the Georgian still said he had a good time.
“Oh man, they whooped them. Maryland was very impressive,” Bolton said. “I was really impressed with the fans too. Usually when it’s raining, the fans don’t always come out, but they were definitely out there [Oct. 1]. And when I was walking around with the other recruits, they were saying stuff to us, telling us to come to Maryland. It was a pretty cool. I really liked the atmosphere at the stadium.”
Bolton said he spent most of the game chatting up his friend, receiver Jayden Comma (Roswell, Ga.), who was in town on his official visit.
“Jayden and I grew up playing football together, so we go way back. We both really had a good time, and it would be cool to play with him [in college] if we decide on Maryland,” Bolton said. “I know Jayden loves Maryland and was very impressed too.”
Now that he’s seen College Park once, Bolton said he’ll be returning for an official visit Oct. 22 when the Terps take on Michigan State.
Could he possibly commit during that second stay?
“Probably not yet,” Bolton said. “I’m just waiting and seeing what happens [with other offers]. I’m not thinking about committing until after my senior season.”
Besides Maryland and Iowa State, which Bolton said he’ll be visiting later in October, the Roswell product is hearing from North Carolina; Georgia and Ole Miss, among others. He didn’t say there was one offer in particular he was waiting for, but since Bolton missed all of last season with a broken arm, he wants to gauge what scholarships will come through once his senior film is fully evaluated.
Bolton said he’ll plan out more visits once he knows what other programs want him in their respective programs.