Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football program have had strong ties and interest in the state of New Jersey over the past few recruiting cycles. New Jersey has manufactured a lot of talent throughout the talent-loaded state of New Jersey. One of the state’s finest and top-rated defensive tackles snagged a offer from Michigan over a year ago as a sophomore in 2017 Paramus, NJ (Paramus Catholic) four-star DT Corey Bolds.
Ever since Bolds received an offer from The Wolverines, Michigan has been a major factor and the presumed leader for Bolds. Furthermore, Bolds and his teammate, 2017 four-star LB Drew Singleton, took a two-day visit to Michigan for the spring game and junior day this past weekend.
“I really enjoyed it,” Bolds commented about his visit to Michigan. “I saw a team that’s really a family when it’s all said and done. The Michigan team is full of a bunch of guys that love to compete and always have each others back no matter what the situation is. But, it was everything I expected with it being my second time going.”
The coaching staff rolled out the red carpet for Bolds on his visit. He got to sit down and talk to Jim Harbaugh, Chris Partridge, Don Brown, and Devin Bush Sr. about defensive schemes and the way they want to use him in their defense. Not only, but how he would be a great fit for the defense.
“All of those guys are amazing coaches and dudes,” Bolds mentioned. “Coach Partridge was my former high school head coach. He coached me during my freshman and sophomore year, so we have a connection. We talked about a lot of things, but we mostly talked about defensive schemes, how I would fit in their defense, and the education they can offer. They see me as a very explosive and athletic defensive tackle that can move all over the defensive line.”
The coaches weren’t the only people recruiting Bolds during his visit. The so-called “New Jersey Crew” made Bolds a priority during his visit. Early enrollees Kareem Walker and Ahmir Mitchell recruited Bolds heavily and so did Brad Hawkins Jr. and Ron Johnson Jr. Oh, and so did the #1 overall prospect in the 2016 class and former teammate, Rashan Gary.
“Ahmir (Mitchell) and Kareem (Walker) are like big brothers to me, so they gave me plenty of insight of what is being done at Michigan and just exactly how they think Michigan can be the place for me. Brad (Hawkins Jr.) and Ron (Johnson Jr.) are also my buddies and definitely want me to come play with them at Michigan.”
Bolds traveled to Ann Arbor with Drew Singleton, however Bolds’ parents also went along with the two highly-rated New Jersey recruits on their visit. Michigan made a good impression on his second visit to Michigan, but also made a good impression on Bolds’ parents.
“Drew (Singleton) pretty much thought the same thing about the visit, we both had a really good time. Me and Drew want to play together at the next level, that’s why we have tried to take visits with each other,” Bolds commented about his visit and teammate.
“My parents really enjoyed the visit and also had a good time. They really like Michigan, but at the end of the day they know it is my decision and will support whatever decision I make.”
The Wolverines appear to be in very good position for Bolds. Both Clemson and Michigan look to be head-and-head within his recruitment; however, he would not budge on any leader or leaders. But he did say that after his visit Michigan is in his top five.
“No, I don’t have any leader or any school that is sticking out. I am just looking into every program that I have high interested in. But Michigan is in my top five and is a school I am very interested in.”
Bolds does not have a distinct timeline for when he wants to make a commitment. However, he has informed me that he wants to make a commitment in the summer, but if he feels like he isn’t ready he will wait until National Signing Day before a decision.
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)