Tennessee picks up 1st commitment

Mammoth defensive end <!--Default NodeId For Demonte Bolden is 710801,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:710801]>Demonte Bolden</A> has made a pledge to the Vols.

Mammoth defensive end Demonte Bolden made a commitment to Tennessee last weekend. When asked why his coach denied him making a commitment, Bolden just laughed.

"Well, I committed on Saturday, but I asked my coach not to say anything about it," said Bolden. "My mom wanted me to keep my options open, but when I got to Tennessee for the spring game, and Coach Fulmer was talking to me, I decided right then that's where I wanted to go. I really like all of the coaches and coordinators, and I think I'll get along well with everyone there."

At 6-6 and close to 300 pounds, Bolden said he has run a 4.7 flat on a track. He will be at the Nike Camp in Auburn to show what he can do on the grass. The big question for a player of his size and quickness is what position will he play?

"I play defensive end right now, and that's the position I like playing. The coaches said I would get a shot to play out there, and I'm really working hard to keep my weight down and my quickness up so I can stay out there. I just love playing end. I can see the whole field from out there, and the only people cracking down on you are little wide receivers. Also, I like to come in from the blind side and hit the quarterback," Bolden added with a laugh.

It's doubtful that a player of his size as a senior in high school will stay at defensive end his entire career, but he has the attitude and the tools to make it work. Bolden has gotten Tennessee's Class of 2004 off to an exceptional start.


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