Paramus (N.J.) Catholic three-star defensive tackle Corey Bolds officially visited Rutgers this weekend, and it went well with the uncommitted big man.
Bolds visited campus with his mother, where Rutgers head coach Chris Ash and staff explained the future vision for the program.
“I didn't go but I did talk to coach Ash and I talked to Corey's mom a little bit through text,” said Paramus (N.J.) Catholic head coach Dan Sabella. “From everything I heard, it's been really positive. I don't know if he's committing or not. I haven't talked to them today but I know they were enjoying themselves.”
Bolds ranks as the No. 3 defensive tackle in New Jersey and 90th overall at his position in the 2017 recruiting class.
“Corey has got big-time potential,” Sabella said. “As you know, players with that kind of size and that kind of explosion, they're hard to find. He's got a lot of things going for him. He had a great career at PC. You watch his sophomore film and you see how early he was able to contribute to the program. He was basically a three-year starter. He's durable. He didn't miss any games. I don't think he missed a practice all year long. I think it's just a matter of continuing to mature and getting around some good upper-classmen who can show him the ropes. I think he's going to be a big-time player.”
Bolds kept his focus on the field before recruiting during the fall. With the exception of a November official visit to Penn State and unofficial October trip to Rutgers, Bolds spent most weekend with his teammates.
Bolds' high-school career culminated in a state championship, beating Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep at the Meadowlands.
“His leadership really came out this year.,” Sabella said. “We needed it. He'd been in a great program where he had some great guys who he looked up to and learned the ropes from as a younger player. He really grew up and became that leader, that veteran role model for us this year. It was a big part to our success. I think he can bring that with him.”
Bolds tentatively scheduled a Jan. 27 official visit to Mississippi, which is “up in the air.” Bolds could visit Mississippi, another school or nowhere depending on how his final week before Signing Day develops.
“I'm not 100 percent sure, but I know Mississippi was out there and there are some other teams that have inquired on him the past couple of days knowing he was still out there,” Sabella said. “With that being said, I know Rutgers is a place that he's really excited about.”