Bolton's faith rewarded at OU

OU had a number of recruits see the campus for the first time last weekend. One of those was linebacker commit Curtis Bolton.

A lot was riding for Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta linebacker Curtis Bolton on his official visit to Oklahoma last week.

Bolton, a three-star prospect, committed to the Sooners back in August without having seen the campus. Nearly five months later and that was still the case until this last weekend.

Now after the visit, he knows he has made the choice. The doubts are gone, and he cannot wait until he is back in Norman.

"It exceeded my expectations," Bolton said. "I had a real good time. It has given me a better outlook of what to expect at OU and how I fit into the scheme for next year."

The scheme was the thing. When OU first offered Bolton, the Sooners were using a 4-3 defensive set. Bolton said he wasn't sure how he would fit into that.

But OU linebackers coach Tim Kish said they were in the process of moving a 3-4 alignment, and the proof was in the play of OU's linebackers this season. The position is once again a main focus of the Sooners defense.

Back when Bolton was trying to pick his school, something he was looking for was a genuine coach. He believes he has found that in Kish and OU coach Bob Stoops. It made his decision a little easier in August and was a factor last weekend.

"It was pretty tough, at first, being committed and having no idea how I was going to fit in and adapt to everything," Bolton said. "It was hard on me, but I always felt like OU was the best spot. My assistant coach is real good friends with Coach Kish, and he said a lot of good things."

And in talking to current OU players, Bolton learned that's still true after you step on campus. Bolton's host was linebacker Jordan Evans, and the theme of the weekend was Kish is a coach who knows how to treat his players.

Bolton said it wasn't one thing Evans or any of the other players said, but he felt real comfortable being with the team and hanging out with other players.

Bolton has seen USC, UCLA and Washington so he sort of knew what to expect when he saw OU's stadium but that didn't make it any less impressive.

"It's beautiful," Bolton said. "There aren't a lot of stadiums nicer than that. What I liked about the campus more than anything was how close everything was."

Bolton said he enjoyed his interaction with Stoops, saying he felt he got to know his future coach a lot more during the visit. Stoops and Kish stressed Bolton being ready to come in and play in the summer. No guaranteed spot or anything, but the opportunity is there.

"There are some guys there, but I have a chance," Bolton said.

One of the factors for Bolton was to go to a school with a winning tradition. Vista Murrieta is among the most tradition rich schools in the country, and Bolton only lost three games in his high school career. With OU coming off a huge program win against Alabama, Bolton knows the future is only going to get better in Norman.

"I'm stoked," Bolton said. "After going on the visit, I know this is one of the best decisions in my life. Nothing disappointed me."

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