Last season Justin Bolus did what he does best, be versatile, in helping his team to a successful season. His skills have already garnered him four early scholarship offers as he prepares to start his senior season. SCPrepNation.com caught up with the 6'3 210 pound prospect to talk about his recruitment and looming senior season.
His best game last season gives you a true sense of how versatile Bolus is on the football field.
"My best game last year was against Wando High. I had 3 receptions for 116 yards, 7 rushes for 37 yards, 11 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and an interception."
Filling the stat sheet is something that Bolus does on a regular basis as he had a superb junior season for his squad. He says he had 88 tackles, 4 interceptions, 300 yards receiving for 3 touchdowns, and 503 yards rushing for 5 touchdowns.
Bolus saw plenty of tough competition but he says one player in particular really stood out to him as the toughest.
"I want to say Clowney but really it is Deangelo Henderson from Summerville High. He is a superior running back that simply refused to go down. He is a definite game changer."
Last year Bo Patterson was also all over the field for James Island but Patterson has graduated so Bolus will take over the majority of those duties as well, including lining up under center at quarterback. Having played so many different positions and excelled it's a wonder that many colleges are recruiting him at multiple positions as well.
"There is alot of variety as to what position different schools are recruiting me at. Some say receiver, some safety, and most say outside linebacker."
This off season Bolus hit the camp circuit hard and heavy and he told us all the schools he camped with and where he felt he performed his best.
"I camped at Clemson, East Carolina, South Carolina, Furman, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Duke, and Wake Forest. I did the best at Furman and Wake Forest I think. I received an offer from Furman."
The Paladins aren't the only school to have offered Bolus already though he says.
Bolus told us he's hearing from Clemson, East Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Furman, UNC Charlotte, Liberty, and West Point. Out of those a few schools have really amped up their pursuit of him he says.
"UNC Charlotte is recruiting me the hardest. Because they are forming a new team, they are being aggressive with their recruiting."
Bolus already plans on taking visits to UNC Charlotte as well as Furman and plans on taking plenty of unofficial visits. One school could be on the verge of offering he says and he has an idea as to what many schools really like about him.
"I feel like Wake Forest may be close to offering me if I can get my weight up. I feel my speed (4.47) for my size is what gets me noticed."
With the season about to start Bolus talked about what his goals are for his team moving forward.
"I would like to make playoffs for the third year in a row and also get past the first round of the playoffs and try to get above 500 for the season. On a personal level I want to be a leader and just play to the best of my ability and make the most of my opportunities."
Education and early playing time Bolus says will play important roles in his decision making process. Bolus reports a 4.502 GPA and it's no wonder that so many academic powers are taking a long look at the talented prospect.
"I don't really have a timeline for making a decision. If the right offer comes I will commit but if it take until National Signing Day then that's fine too."
SCPrepNation.com and the Scout.com team will continue to follow Bolus during his senior year. He's one of the state's most underrated prospects and we expect a lot more schools to step in with offers should he put together another strong season for James Island.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JUSTIN BOLUS
Bench press: 280 pounds
Squat: 470 pounds
Power clean: 265 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.47 seconds