Joe Bolden by the man who knows best

Cincinnati Colerain's Tom Bolden was part of a coaching staff that guided Ohio to a 50-12 victory over Pennsylvania in last Saturday's Big 33 game. After the game, he talked to GBW about his nephew and Michigan commitment, Joe Bolden.

GBW: Can you breakdown Joe's game, kind of talk about what Michigan is getting in him?

Tom Bolden: "What you're going to get in Joe Bolden is an athletic throwback that is 6'3" 235 pounds, and runs really well. He's a kid that will absolutely strike you! Joe's a physical kid; he loves the physical part of the game. Then you add him to the mix with Frank Clark, Antonio Poole, and Keith Heitzman. Michigan is definitely on their way back, without a doubt."

GBW: What position do you think Joe will play at Michigan?

Tom Bolden: "I think he's a MIKE. A true MIKE that will run well enough from sideline to sideline. Physically what he'll bring to you is a downhill football player between the tackles that is smart and gets everybody lined up where they need to be."

GBW: Have you been up to Michigan with Joe?

Tom Bolden: "I actually went up with Joe on the first trip, when we up to watch practice. He went up a second time, took his mom. The third time, he went up to commit, and he took the family up other than myself. Took all his brothers and sisters (there are six), his dad and mom. He wanted them all to be there when he verbally committed, which is great. He's happy about it and so are we."

GBW: Joe had a lot of great schools to choose from; what made him pick Michigan?

Tom Bolden: "I think he likes what coach Hoke is bringing back to the Michigan program. Michigan is only three and a half hours up the road from Cincinnati, so all his family will be able to come up and see him play. Michigan has a lot of tradition, and Joe will be able to play in the "Big House." Like I said, coach Hoke, coach Mattison, and Mark Smith (linebacker coach) -- he fell in love with those guys. They're down to earth, they're football guys, and they're in it for all the right reasons. Joe's excited about that."

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