Sam Webb's latest is a profile of Michigan target OH MLB Joe Bolden. It contains some interesting nuggets that confirm what we've expected about Greg Mattison's recruiting approach:
Mattison's ability to reference his time in the pro ranks has definitely been a feather in Michigan's cap with numerous defensive recruits thus far. The same is certainly true with Bolden. "We watched the Ravens film from last year," Joe recalled. "Coach Mattison showed me where I was going to play in that defense. He pointed to Ray Lewis."
Michigan is in contention with 21 other schools but could be separating themselves from the pack.
That list is now 22 schools long and rising. BCS programs like Penn State, Stanford, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Boston College, and West Virginia have thrown their hats in the ring. Michigan made its way into the mix a little over a month ago, and in has become an extremely strong contender thanks to two memorable visits to Ann Arbor.
"They are definitely up there on the list," Bolden said of the Wolverines. "The facilities are impressive. Both indoor fields are as long as the outdoor grass and outdoor turf fields. Then you just walk into the Big House and look from side to side — 115,000 people are screaming for you on a Saturday. There is probably no feeling like it. They told me that they were going to add about 6,000 seats. That's definitely an impressive thing."
The specificity of the 6,000 seats things is interesting.
Noticeably absent from that list are two particular schools who apparently have different LB needs than does Michigan.
Bolden was courted for a time by Ohio State and Notre Dame, but neither chose to step forth with an offer. "It is not going to work out for Notre Dame," said Bolden. "They are looking for outside linebackers who are 6-4 and 250 pounds coming out of high school. I don't have any hard feelings towards them. I'm not the guy they are looking for and it is not going to work out for Notre Dame. God closed that door for a reason and we'll end up finding out that reason some time. Ohio State, they're looking for will linebackers — smaller, faster guys. I'm a bigger guy that doesn't fit that profile. I also don't have any harsh feelings towards them either. Both schools have been pretty much straightforward with me and I really appreciate them doing that. That is pretty much how the cookie crumbles with them."
"To me, if you didn't recruit me — and I don't like to be arrogant and full of myself — I like to prove people wrong," Bolden admitted. "I love doing it. I love talking, but also backing it up. If you've ever been in that situation, it makes it sweeter. It would definitely feel good."
Sam thinks decision time is nigh, but according to Bolden his timeline is based on Another's timeline.
"If I feel comfortable with a school 10 minutes from now and God gives me a sign and answers my prayers and tells me where I'm going to spend the next four or five years of my life, it is going to happen 10 minutes from now. Now if God has got a plan for me to wait all the way up until Feb. 2, it will be made on Feb. 2 at 7 o'clock in the morning and that is me and just how God works his magic."
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