Coveted DT Names Favorites

Conrad Bolston, a highly recruited defensive tackle prospect from Washington, D.C., claims to have about 40 scholarship offers. He talks about recruiting and names his favorites. How interested is he in Penn State?

Name: Conrad Bolston
Position: DT/OT
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 260 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.9
Bench Press: 375 pounds
School: St. John's College High School, Washington, D.C.

Although Conrad Bolston plays on both the offensive and defensive line for St. Johns College High School, most college coaching staffs see him playing on the defensive side of the ball in college.

"I think North Carolina is recruiting me for offensive tackle or guard, but pretty much everyone else is defensive end or defensive tackle," Conrad said.

Bolston estimates that he has "about 40" scholarship offers.  Has he narrowed things down?

"Not really, I've been letting all the colleges come in.  I'm just trying to get all my affairs in order.  I'll probably narrow it down after the season."

In what teams is he most interested?

"North Carolina, North Carolina State, Maryland, Florida, Boston College, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia and South Carolina's pretty cool.  I think that's about it.  I might be forgetting some people."

Conrad still considers Maryland his favorite.

"I still do, but I'm letting all the colleges come in.  I just know the coaching staff [at Maryland] real well and I know a lot of people that play on the team.  I don't know, they're number one right now, but things can change.  They're number one unless somebody changes my mind."

He does not yet have any official visits set up.  However, he has been to several college campuses.

"I've seen Boston College, Virginia, Maryland, Penn State, North Carolina State and North Carolina.  I might try to get to the NC State - Florida game.  That should be pretty good."

Larry Johnson and Penn State are recruiting Conrad to play defensive tackle for the Nittany Lions.

"I went there my freshman year and my sophomore year for a camp.  I know the D-Line coach real well, Coach Johnson.  I've been talking to him since I was a freshman.  Coach Johnson gives me a call about once a week.  Jimmy Kennedy's gone and they will need some linemen.

"I like their tradition and I like Coach Johnson.  They're really good at what they do.  They teach really well and they graduate pretty much everybody.  There's not too much wrong I can say about Penn State."

He does, however, have one reservation regarding Penn State.

"I don't know how long Coach Paterno's going to be there and who would replace him.  He might not be there after this season because of the success they've had.  I think [he'll be there] around 2 years max.  That's the only thing I'm worried about."

Bolston indicated that his final decision would probably not be made much earlier than signing day.

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