Bolton Has Pac-12 Leaders

Vista Murrieta (Calif.) linebacker Curtis Bolton is one of the more intriguing players in the region. He landed his 4th scholarship offer over the weekend and has a few Pac 12 schools on his short list.

Curtis Bolton, who goes by ‘Buzzy,' is making the transition from pass rushing linebacker to being an every down ‘backer who can play in space. He had a solid tournament at the NLA 7 on 7 in Las Vegas over the weekend and his stock has risen quite a bit in the last month.

"I haven't really played in space a lot before this tournament," Bolton said. "I've been practicing since December since I know I'll be a linebacker in college and it's coming along. I feel pretty strong at the position and even when I struggle, I know what I'm doing wrong and my coaches have been great at helping me fix the issues."

On the recruiting front, Bolton received his first offer from Washington and Oklahoma and Washington State soon followed. Iowa State offered last weekend and the athlete has some upcoming visit plans.

"The Oklahoma offer was pretty big for me," Bolton said. "They don't really recruit linebackers like me so that opened up my eyes and showed me that they must really like the way I play to put the offer on the table for me. I'm going to do some more research and learn as much as I can about them.

"I already attended Junior Days at Washington and USC and liked both a lot," Bolton said. "I'm planning a visit to Boise State and I'm going to hit up UCLA real soon too. I'm also going to the NIKE Camp up in Oakland in May."

As for naming a favorite, Bolton said three Pac 12 schools stand out.

"I grew up a USC fan but I started to favor UCLA last year when I was a sophomore," Bolton said. "Then I went to USC's Junior Day and they're changing the defense to a 3-4 so I'm real high on them again since I think I fit in really well in that defense.

"I also like Washington a lot too and had a great Junior Day experience. Those are definitely my top three with UCLA and Washington standing out a little more but I'm still open to other schools as well. I don't want to commit early because so much can change over the course of a recruiting season so I want to play it out and then make a decision later in the year."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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