Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Mike Elston visited Colerain High School in Cincinnati on Thursday to check on a couple of intriguing prospects including sophomore linebacker Dan Bolden.
Bolden, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, is the younger brother of former Michigan linebacker Joe Bolden.
“Me and him are always competitive with each other so now I have to top him,” Daniel said of his brother. “If he gets drafted I have to figure out a way to get drafted earlier than he did or find a way to get on an NFL roster.”
Elston left an invitation for Bolden to attend the Irish Invasion this summer.
“I filled out the form and e-mailed him,” Bolden said. “I'm just waiting for the e-mail back. He said if I keep playing the way I have been playing he'll be back soon. Hopefully they'll recruit me more.”
Bolden, who earned a starting role for the Cardinals midway through his freshman season and started all 14 games last fall, recorded more than 100 tackles and three sacks as a sophomore.
He plays at Colerain for his uncle, Tom Bolden, and grew up on the sidelines as the team’s water boy. That helped him develop the right mindset to play middle linebacker, often referred to as the quarterback of the defense. That run included watching former Colerain standout Jarrett Grace up close.
“I've been on the sidelines ever since I was a little kid,” he said. “I was the water boy for my uncle and the team all the way up since I was four all the way up to eighth grade. Then I started working out with them and getting into it.”
Last fall Bolden helped lead the Cardinals to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the state Final Four.
“As I grew up I started to realize from an early age I was able to pick up formations and know what play was coming before it happened,” he said. “That's from hanging out with Joe and watching film with him when he was in high school and watching all those guys play.”
Iowa State already has offered Bolden. In addition to Notre Dame, Ohio State, Virginia and West Virginia all have shown early interest.
He hopes to see several of those schools this summer and during his junior year.
“I haven't actually gone on any trips yet to see anybody or go to any spring games or anything like that,” he said. “This year I plan on going out to see a few of the schools that are recruiting me.”
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