Bolden says he's solid

Tennessee's first commitment of the recruiting season says he's still bound for Knoxville, even though he continues taking some visits.

Heralded defensive tackle Demonte Bolden made his official visit to Knoxville last weekend. He also took a look at Alabama and South Carolina, and has another visit scheduled this weekend.

''I will visit MTSU this weekend,'' he told Scott Kennedy of, ''but I'm solid with Tennessee.''

Bolden, a 6-foot-4, 295-pounder with 4.9 speed, recorded 104 tackles and 14 sacks as a senior at Chattanooga's Tyner High School, despite a staph infection in one arm.

''It's almost completely healed,'' he said. ''I think my strength is back up to about 90% of what it was before.''

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