College coaches usually covet prospects who are versatile. One prospect who is hoping that is indeed the case is Riverside CB D.J. Bolden. The 2011 prospect is a natural cornerback but has made the switch to free safety for his squad this season. Bolden also doubles as a danger punt returner for the Warriors where he's take a couple of kicks back for scores already. We spoke with Bolden Tuesday night for an update on the very latest.
The biggest change for Bolden and his Riverside teammates is making the jump from AAA to AAAA this season. Playing in a region with powerhouses like Dorman and Byrnes has obviously tested the mettle of the team but Bolden has been confident in his play despite the step up in competition.
"We are 2-7 right now. For me, I feel I can play with any team and any player but the team isn't transitioning well with the move to AAAA. The defense is good but our offense struggles at times. They struggle to score consistently."
Bolden has made his fair share of plays for the Warriors thus far despite sitting out 2 games with injuries recently and the switch in positions early on.
"Yeah I started out at cornerback but I'm playing free safety now. I have 55 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 2 punt returns for touchdowns in 7 games. I've sat out the last two with a thigh contusion but I'll be back this week."
Bolden says he hears the most from Wofford, NC State, and he's been in touch with Coastal Carolina most recently.
Asked if he feels there may be a schools that's close to offering he replied, "I think wofford is close. I talk to them the most and I've recently sent tape out to a lot of schools."
Most recently Bolden says he visited South Carolina State when they played Mississippi Valley State. With Wofford moving up in the mix for him he plans on making a visit to Wofford soon to check out the school and their program.
Although his senior season hasn't been most successful in terms of wins Bolden talked about his best game of the season which came against one of the premier teams in the state, Byrnes.
"My best game I'd say was against Byrnes. I had 10 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 2 deflections. I just felt comfortable and played good even though it didn't result in a win it was my best game."
Bolden says he plans on waiting until National Signing Day to make his final decision.