No matter where they are located, Gary Pinkel and staff are going after some of the best athletes in the country.
St. Mary Prep quarterback Robert Bolden, a dual threat athlete, completed 72 of 123 passes for 949 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions last season. He also ran for 260 yards and three touchdowns. He is considered one of the top three quarterbacks in Michigan's 2010 recruiting class.
"I got the Missouri offer a couple of days ago," Bolden said. "My dad text me while I was in school Monday. I was a little shocked but happy and excited at the same time."
According to Bolden's high school coach, he is expected to be one of the top signal callers in the state.
"He throws well and runs well," said St. Mary's Coach George Porritt. "He's going to be a great player. He's pretty fast but he's a drop-back kid. He can run a spread offense – that's what we run. He's got a strong arm and can make the deep throws. He'll be one of the top performers in the state next year."
Does Bolden have interest in Mizzou?
"Absolutely, I have interest in Missouri," Bolden said. "I love their spread offense; the Tigers are definitely in my top seven."
"Right now I don't have an early favorite," Bolden said. "I'm open to everyone at this point."
Bolden plans on taking a trip to Columbia to check things out, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound athlete, runs a 4.6 forty.
What makes Bolden such a great quarterback?
"I can compete with the best of them throwing the football," Bolden said. "I have a strong arm and I make the hard throws."