Bolden knows its early

While college programs across the country look to finalize their recruiting for the Class of 2011, some prospects in the Class of 2012 have been contacted about future interest. One such prospect has received early interest from Notre Dame.

For Joe Bolden of Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain High School, Notre Dame is no stranger. With teammate Jarrett Grace set to sign with the Irish on National Signing Day, Bolden knows his time is soon approaching. How has recruiting gone so far?

"Coach Hinton stopped in a week ago Monday, and he picked up my highlight film. He said he was going to be looking at my highlights and would be letting us know soon of any interest. I plan on calling him soon."

Playing in a program that produces multiple prospects each year, Bolden has been able to watch and use the guidance of his father and uncle (Colerain Head Coach Tom Bolden) to prepare for what is ahead.

"I have learned a lot about how to present myself to college coaches. My dad and uncle have played a big role in this. It has been interesting to see these other kids go through the process and be able to listen to the college coaches talk to them over the past couple of years."

The Irish are not the only program that has shown early interest.

"Ohio State stopped in the week after the Michigan game and I have also talked with Boston College. I feel it will pick up after signing day when the colleges get the 2011 class finished."

While his team won another Greater Miami Valley Conference championship this past season, overall Bolden was not happy with the way the season ended.

"I wish the season would have been better for the seniors. It was good overall (11-1), but it could have been better.

While the Irish are a team of serious interest, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker is open when it comes to a college favorite.

"I'm really open to everybody right now. Anybody that gives me a look I'll take."

Irish Eyes will continue to follow the recruiting of Joe Bolden in the coming months. Top Stories