Bolden Offered On Both Sides

Some teams want Ralph Bolden as a running back and other teams want him as a cornerback. Bolden is the latest big time recruit from Folkston (Ga.) Charlton County High School.

When it comes to football in South Georgia, Folkston (Ga.) Charlton County High School is always primed with talent and this upcoming recruiting season is no different. Leading the way for Charlton County is Ralph Bolden. Bolden, 5-9 and 185 pounds, plays running back, cornerback and safety. Last season he rushed the ball 64 times for 771 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively he recorded 27 tackles and four interceptions (three returned for touchdowns).

"Some teams like me at running back and others like me as a cornerback," said Bolden. "To me it doesn't matter. I just want to play ball.

"As a running back I see the hole real well and I hit it hard. I am not the type of back that dances a lot because I am a north-south guy. I want to keep working on my speed and explosion because I always want to get faster.

"As a defensive back I am a lock down guy. I really like playing man (to man coverage). Honestly though I think I am better at running back."

According to Bolden he has scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Florida, Clemson and Georgia Tech.

"I am wide open right now. I like the campus at Wake and they have great academics too. The coaches seem real cool and I like their offense.

"Florida is recruiting me at DB and my cousin (Justin Williams) plays for them and he has a chance to start for them next season.

"Georgia Tech wants me as a DB to. I am real tight with D.J. (Donley). He just signed with them. I like their defense.

"South Carolina is a school that I am considering. I am still kind of looking into them and don't know much about them but I get stuff from them all the time.

"N.C. State has probably recruited me the hardest and longest. They have been on me since I was a freshman so I want to show them the same loyalty.

"Clemson likes me as a running back but I know I could play DB there to.

"Florida State is a school I am very interested in. They are my dream school and I have always just loved them. There is something about FSU.

"It will come down to my visits and how comfortable I feel at each school. I also want to have a good relationship with the coaches. Everyone says I need to take all my visits and that is what I want to do."

Bolden has already attended Junior Days at Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. He will go to Florida this weekend and attend their basketball game. Last summer he camped at Georgia Tech and Florida and this summer he plans on camping at Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Florida and Clemson.

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