Five-Star DT Hopes to Visit Wolfpack

Chattanooga (TN) Tyner Defensive Tackle Demonte Bolden gave the Tennessee Volunteers a verbal commitment in mid-April and he's going to check all options to make sure he made the best decision.

"Yes sir, I'm committed to Tennessee, but I'm going to still take my visits because I want to make sure I made the right decision," Bolden told StateFans. "I haven't seen many colleges yet and I want to compare them to Tennessee. That's how I will know if it's the place for me."

Bolden, the nation's #3 Defensive Tackle prospect according to, had just returned from a scrimmage on the Tennessee campus, and he liked what he saw in the Volunteers.

"I went to a scrimmage yesterday and I think they are going to be good. The coaches at Tennessee are cool, and I get along with the players there. Being close to home, it's a good situation for me, but I'm going to keep my options open."

Right now those options consists of four other programs, each who hopes to receive an official visit from Bolden.

"My top five is Tennessee, Georgia, N.C. State, Alabama, and probably Michigan. I'm going to visit all five of those schools during the time you can take official visits and then sign on signing day."

When asked to further cut down his list, Bolden (who wants to major in engineering) insisted that "Tennessee, Georgia, and N.C. State" were his top three schools at this time.

"Georgia's coaches have been truthful with me. They've said that they want me to come play for them but haven't promised me any playing time, and I like that. It shows me that I'm going to have to earn playing time there and that's good to hear. I don't want anything given to me and I like how Georgia's kept it real."

"One of N.C. State's coaches came to my school a couple of months ago and I really liked him. He told me that they wanted me to come up for an official visit and that I would like playing for them. N.C. State says that I can play Defensive Tackle and maybe could play early. It looks like a good program, and I'm going to visit them for sure."

As a junior, Bolden had an amazing season playing Defensive End at Tyner High School. He finished the year with 140 tackles, 28 Tackles for a loss, and 14 sacks. With a 6-foot-4 295 pound frame and able to cover the 40 in 4.8 seconds, his college career could be on the inside at Defensive Tackle.

"Most colleges are recruiting me as both and say I can play either when I get to school, but I think it will be defensive tackle. I like playing end and using my speed, but playing Tackle will be best for me at getting to the next level. It allows me to work more with my hands on the inside and I don't have to worry about those little Wide Receivers and Tight Ends chipping me [laughing]. So I think Defensive Tackle will be my college position."

Even though he's taking visits and looking at other schools, in the end it could be tough for someone outside of Tennessee to land this talented prospect.

"Right now, Tennessee will be tough to beat, but I'm going to take all those visits to make sure it's the place for me. If it's not then I'll be going somewhere else to play college football."

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