Bolden knows where he stands

Irish Eyes visited with Ohio linebacker Joe Bolden this past week to learn more about his interest in the Irish.

Having visited Notre Dame and seen teammate Jarrett Grace sign with the Irish this past February, Joe Bolden knows a lot about the football program and staff in South Bend.

While Bolden has yet to earn an offer from the Irish, he knows where he stands.

"Right now I am at the top of their list if they need a linebacker," Bolden said about his most recent contact with Irish recruiter Tim Hinton. "So there is still a chance Notre Dame could be a possibility."

If the Irish do get into the race for the Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain linebacker, they might have a good chance of signing him.

"I have been a fan of Notre Dame since I was like four years old. Just the history of Notre Dame and the feeling you get when you go into the stadium and sit down, you know there has been some history made in that stadium."

With several of the Irish coaches having been at Cincinnati at the start of his recruitment, Bolden has a comfort level with the Irish staff.

"I feel real comfortable with Coach Hinton. Not only because he is the area recruiter, but also he was down at Cincinnati coaching and is just a real easy guy to talk to."

Bolden is easily considered one of Ohio's top prospects in the Class of 2012. However, he is not finished working on his game.

"There is always improvement needed in your game. I do not feel any aspect of my game is perfect, so I will keep working."

At 6-foot-3, 230-pounds, Bolden has the ability to play inside or out. When asked to describe his game, he stressed his leadership abilities.

"I think I did pretty well last season. There are always things you can improve upon. Overall, I feel my junior year went pretty well. I feel I bring leadership to the field and I am not afraid to be outspoken so my teammates can hear me on the field."

With double-digit offers already on the board, Bolden will have no shortage of choices when the time comes to make a college choice.

"Michigan, Indiana, Stanford, Arizona, South Florida, Kentucky, there are like 17 or 18 of them now. I have no timeline in making a decision. As far as I know, I have until February 2 of next year to decide on where I am going to go. I am not going to place any pressure on myself. Whenever I feel comfortable with a school, I will make my decision."

According to Joe, distance will not be a factor in his decision.

"My parents and family have told me they would be there no matter how far or where I went."

While Bolden knows there is a chance Notre Dame may never enter the mix. He is not too worried about his future. Irish Eyes will keep in contact with Joe in the coming weeks to see if the Irish ever get involved.


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