January 20, 2008

Bolden, Louisiana RB commits to Ole Miss

After coaching Darren McFadden and Felix Jones for the last three years at Arkansas, new Rebel head football coach Houston Nutt is in search for some super star running backs for his new team.

There were plenty of candidates in Oxford this weekend including Hargrave Military Academy five-star prospect Enrique Davis, but it was three-star running back Brandon Bolden who pulled the trigger and committed to the Rebels on Sunday.

"I knew Friday night after I got here that I was going to commit to Ole Miss," Bolden said after arriving back in Baton Rouge on Sunday. "I just want to be a part of that."

"When it came down to it, it was all about the family atmosphere that I saw at Ole Miss," Bolden said. "I learned a lot about the school. I got to see the facilities including the FEDEX Academic Center and places like the Mannning Room."

Bolden, a 5-foot-11, 208 pound prospect who played at Scotlandville in Baton Rouge, had received an offer from Alabama last year, in addition to offers from Tulane and Ole Miss. He also has offers from Baylor, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt.

But it was Southern Miss that came on strong recently with the move of former Rebel running backs coach Frank Wilson to Hattiesburg.

Bolden had agreed to a visit which had been scheduled for next week to take a look at the Eagles. But with his commitment to Ole Miss, he cancelled the Southern Miss on Sunday.

"Coach Wilson was cool about it," Bolden said about informing Wilson of his decision. "He congratulated me and wished me the best at Ole Miss."

Bolden was accompanied to Ole Miss with his parents.

"They loved it," Bolden said.

Bolden met with Nutt on Sunday where the commitment was made formal with discussions about how Bolden would be used in the Rebel offense.

"They want me to run the football," Bolden said.

Bolden was timed at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash at the Baton Rouge Nike Camp last year, but the timing was done on a wet, sloggy field.

Bolden said he runs the 40-yard dash routinely in the 4.4 range.

Bolden also had two friends who were to make the trip to Oxford - his teammate - offensive tackle Dallas Thomas and another friend, Prentis Waggner.

Bolden said Waggner didn't make the trip and he didn't know how Thomas' visit went as Thomas choose to fly while Bolden drove up with his parents.

Bolden, who finished his senior season at Scotlandville with over 1,000 yards of total offense and a dozen touchdowns says that he has no specific time frame for making a decision.

He was recruited by Rebel assistant Kim Dameron.

Bolden holds a 3.3 GPA and said he's already made a 22 on his ACT.

Bolden's grandfather is former Kansas City Chiefs' running back Frank Pitts.

Bolden had previously been to Oxford, attending the senior camp last summer as well as the LSU game last November.

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