Brandon Bolden stands out at OM Sr Camp

Brandon Bolden (RB, Baton Rouge, LA) - Perhaps the most impressive looking athlete at the combine in New Orleans and the Ole Miss Sr camp is one of the more unknown prospects in the State of Louisiana.

"I hurt my leg in our jamboree last year on a bad snap," commented Brandon Bolden. "I am also the punter for our team. Somebody dived behind me and it sprained my MCL. I went ahead and played in the first game without going to a doctor, and then I partially tore it. I came back in our fourth game, and they put me at fullback to put less stress on my knee. I just wanted to do what ever it took to help my team out."

It is this type of attitude and physical attributes (measured in at 5' 11", 208 and ran a 4.47 forty at the scout combine and a 4.42 at the Ole Miss SR Camp) that has turned some college's heads.

"Baylor and Tulane offered me earlier, and Ole Miss offered me on May 10th. I actually went to their camp this past weekend and stayed up there for three nights with a few of my friends."

How did the camp go?

"It was a lot of fun. It was more of an instructional camp than a recruiting camp. We learned a lot of new things to help us become a more explosive player for next season. They taught us to be more flexible in our hips, just a lot of things."

What new did Brandon learn about Ole Miss during the trip?

"I learned that it is a hard program to be under. Their coaches are hard on all of the players, but that is what everyone needs."

The facilities at Ole Miss really stood out for Bolden.

"I was impressed because I have been over to the LSU camps and their indoor and weight room is bigger and nicer than LSU's. That shocked everyone. Me, Dallas Thomas, Herman Lathers, and Laquintin Caston were talking about that on the ride home. We could not believe that Ole Miss had nicer facilities than LSU."

The Rebels have inked quite a few players from the state of Louisiana since the Orgeron era arrived, and that also made an impression with Brandon.

"I saw so many players at Ole Miss that I competed against in high school. That was real cool. It was good to see some folks from the hometown. That made me feel at home."

Where do the Rebels now stand?

"Actually, they are my number one school that has offered."

Regardless of who has or has not offered, what does Bolden's pecking order look like?

"Alabama, Auburn, and Ole Miss are my top 3 schools, in that order. Alabama has a great running program, and Coach Saban loves to run. Auburn is a match made in heaven for any running back. And Ole Miss, I just like their campus, coaches, and facilities."

Who would come in 4th place?

"LSU has always been the hometown favorite. I think everyone from Baton Rouge has wanted to play for LSU since they were a little kid. After LSU, I have Georgia Tech. I have always liked their style of play because they throw it to their running backs a lot. That plays to my strength. I am good in open spaces."

What does Brandon bring to the table?

"I bring competitiveness, and I also bring the ability to take it to the house at any given time. I am a big play guy."

Brandon rushed for over a 1,000 yards and 10 TD's as a sophomore at tailback and chipped in another 831 and 6 Td's as a junior at fullback. He is expected to move back to his natural position, tailback, for his senior campaign.

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