Bolden Has Speed to Burn

Ralph Bolden has played a number of positions at the high school level and is one of the fastest prospects in Georgia.

Ralph Bolden has played a number of positions at the high school level and is one of the fastest prospects in Georgia.

The junior from Charlton County High School in Folkston, Ga. is just 5-8, 185-pounds, but he runs the 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds. Last fall he carried the ball 70 times for 840 yards and 25 touchdowns. On defense he recorded 36 tackles, four interceptions and broke up 16 passes. He also blocked a punt.

"On offense they usually had me as a running back or lined up in the slot, and on defense I played free safety. Most people have told me I'm going to play cornerback in college, and I think I can handle that. I'm pretty good in coverage and I have good speed, so it wouldn't take long to adjust."

After last year Bolden was a first team all-state selection at the AA level for his play at defensive back and was named a second team all-state running back.

NC State, Florida, Auburn, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, among others, have contacted Bolden and expressed an interest. While Bolden does not currently hold any scholarship offers, he believes they will come.

"I'm confident that I'll get some offers later on. I'm going to visit more schools and I'm pretty sure I'll have a good senior year, so I'm not worried about that."

What will be the biggest factors in his decision?

"I really want to go to a school that has sent a lot of players to the NFL," he said. "That's a dream of mine, so I want to make that happen. The coaching staff is going to be important too. I need to be able to relate to people, so I want to be able to talk about anything with the coaches."

Bolden may camp at schools in the coming months, and Pack Pride will update his progress.


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