August 6, 2009

Bolton talks UA future

In 2008, four-star athlete Devonta Bolton was one of the most versatile and physically gifted players in the Alabama Crimson Tide's top-ranked signing class. Now after spending a year at East Mississippi Community College, Bolton is forgoing a second year of junior college football to begin preparing himself to join the Tide in 2010.

"I've never even thought about going anywhere else but Alabama. I'm working hard in my classes and I should be ready to join the team in January," Bolton said.

"I made the decision to redshirt this fall because I want to have as much time as possible to play at Alabama. Ever since I committed I have known that playing at Alabama is what I was meant to do and I want to give myself the best chance possible to learn the system and got on the field to contribute."

Although Tide fans haven't heard much from Bolton since the Norcross, Ga. native signed with the Tide in 2008, the all-purpose athlete has kept in close touch with the Alabama coaching staff.

"I've kept in touch with the coaches and they've been really supportive of me. They are always talking to me about staying focused on my grades and staying in shape. We've talked about a few different position possibilities but right now I have no idea where I'm going to play. I play outside linebacker here at EMCC but where I play at Alabama will probably come down to wherever I can help the most."

"It's going to be especially important for me to make sure my body is in football shape after this fall, since I won't be playing. I'm going to continue working out with the team and going through all the training I would normally go through if I was playing."

Bolton, who currently stands at 6-foot-4 and 235-pounds, said his time in junior college has been a valuable experience for him that will undoubtedly help him adjust to life both on the field and off the field in Tuscaloosa.

"This has been a good thing for me, without question. I got some good playing experience, I got my grades in order and I got the experience of being in college and adjusting to the college lifestyle."

Watching the members of his signing class propel the Crimson Tide to a No. 1 ranking and a 12-2 record last year only served to reaffirm Bolton's confidence in his decision to play for Alabama and made him even more motivated to join the team as soon as possible.

"Watching what Alabama did last season was really amazing. I always believed in Coach Saban and had confidence in him as a coach but last season just showed that everything he told me as a recruit was true. He meant everything he said and to watch it all play out was really inspiring. I can't wait to get to Tuscaloosa to be a part of that team and play for Coach Saban."

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