Four-Star Cincinnati OLB prospect Joe Bolden got an unexpected offer last week.
That offer came from Penn State, or to Bolden — Linebacker U. "It really just came out of the blue," Bolden said.
The Colerain HS standout continued, "It all went through my uncle [Tom Bolden] who is my head coach, and Coach (Ron) Vanderlinden."
Bolden has never visited Happy Valley but would like to before he makes his decision.
"Being a linebacker, I like Penn State," Bolden said. "Although I don't know much about them right now."
The more he learns about the Lions, the more he likes them. But who is at the top of his list?
So what exactly is he looking for in a school?
"Academics are the number one thing I look for," Bolden said. "And I am undecided on a major."
Bolden is strong in the classroom. He reports a 3.9 core GPA. But that's not all he's good at -- he plays baseball for Colerain, batting third and playing outfield.
"Playing both (in college) would be nice," Bolden said. "But I know it doesn't have to be that way in college."
The Cincinnati native is also a big family man.
"I have a very tight knit family," Bolden said. "Every Sunday all my uncles, aunts and cousins go to my grandma's house for a dinner."
He added, "Other than that I have three close friends, and we all do pretty much everything together."
He continued, "They are like brothers to me."
Even with national recruiting interest, one thing is for sure when it comes to Bolden. No matter if he plays football, baseball or both in college, he is giving a hard look to the Nittany Lions.