July 8, 2011

South Carolina LB/Safety has interest in Army

Linebacker/safety Justin Bolus out of James Island High School, is clearly a team ballplayer, as noted by his willingness to take over this season under center versus is customary role at safety or linebacker.

"This year I'm playing quarterback at James Island, and I won't play too much defense this year because I am playing quarterback, but if I did, it would be linebacker or safety," shares Bolus, who is being looked at on the defensive side of ball at the next level.

"I would say I would most comfortable playing outside linebacker in college because I feel is a better fit for me," he adds. "I would be one of the fastest linebackers versus being a middle of pack safety when it comes to speed."

Bolus is one of several prospects from the state of South Carolina that has caught the attention of the Army coaching staff; he was the first from the state to pull in an offer from the Black Knights.

"The process with Army started in the spring when Coach Coaxum told that he knew I could play in their program and if I are serious about being a Black Knight, they have a spot on their team and just to call him," shares the 6-foot-3, 205 pounds.

"I was surprised and excited to have my first offer. I was honored, because West Point is a really good school and my parents were happy about that."

I Facedbooked a little, but I haven't called him recently.

But like many prospects with offers from the Black Knights, there is the obvious commitment to academics, which is why two years ago, West Point was named as the top college/university in the nation. But for Bolus, the academics are not a major concern for him, as current high performance indicates.

"I have a 4.502 GPA out of 5.0 and I'm number 10 in my class out of 330," says Bolus, who takes all honor and AP class and contemplates what his major might be in college. "It will have to do with math and science."

However, it is the post West Point graduation commitment that has drawn some concern from Bolus, but not enough that he is looking to take an unofficial visit to the prestigious school.

"It is hard for me to decide because of the commitment after graduation," he shares. "But I would say they are up there; it's a great school, great opportunity, growing football program, so I would say they are high on my list."

"Me and my dad talked about a time to visit Army, but we haven't set it up yet."

In addition to what Bolus has heard from Army's cornerback Coach, Tony Coaxum, the linebacker/safety has begun to do his own research. "I have looked at the West Point website a little and I was impressed with how great a school it is," Bolus states. "Plus I talked to one of my teammates from last year and he's enrolled there, although he's not a football recruit."

Bolus indicated that the Black Knights are recruiting him as an outside linebacker, although some schools are targeting him at safety.

The South Carolina native has made his rounds this summer at various camps, but indicated that the traveling show is about to come to an end. "I've been to Duke, North Carolina State, East Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson, Furman Wake Forest and going to Georgia Tech next Saturday and that will be the end of it," says Bolus, who ran his best forty time of 4.5 at North Carolina State.

So of all the camps this summer, where does Bolus feel that he made the biggest impression? "I would say Wake Forest is where I had my best overall camp and I have been calling their coach a lot lately," he says. "They seem very interested, but haven't offered me yet."

Right now, Bolus stated that the following schools at the top of his list;

"I'm high on Army, Wake Forest and Furman," Bolus declared to GoBlackKnights.com.

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