Offense or Defense for Bolden?

When you have the skill set that Ralph Bolden does, not knowing whether you will play on offense or defense can be a good problem to have.

At 5-9, 188-pounds, Ralph Bolden runs the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and is electric in the open field. He could project as a running back or a defensive back at the collegiate level.

"He wants to play running back, and that's why I think he's taking his time," said Bolden's father. "Most of the schools recruiting him are saying they want him as a cornerback, so I think he's just going to wait and see what all is out there. I've been telling him to be open to playing on defense, and that might end up where he plays."

As a junior last year Bolden had 64 carries for 771 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively he had 27.5 tackles and four interceptions with three scores. He also had two fumble recoveries en route to all-conference honors. Most of the schools recruited Bolden is offered, so that means he has plenty of impressive programs to choose from.

"Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Clemson are recruiting him the hardest right now," his father said. "I've been telling him he needs to start narrowing things down because he's a senior now. Being from down here near the Georgia-Florida line, we'd like to see him stay close to home. But sometimes things just don't work out like that.

"Not too long ago he went to Georgia Tech for a camp and he said he had a real good time out there. I think he's going to Wake Forest in the near future, but we'll see what happens. I think he's pretty much torn between all the schools that are recruiting him. With 15 schools recruiting him it's about time to start narrowing down that list, because he's got visits coming up and everything like that."

The rising senior at Charlton County High School in Folkston, GA is not sure when he would like to make his decision.


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