Three-star prospect Slade Bolden is from Louisiana, but he says playing for Alabama has been a dream of his. The dream appears to be coming true.
Bolden (5 feet 11, 192 pounds), a three-star running back from West Monroe (La.) High who seems destined to play wide receiver in college, committed to Alabama on August 3. He is among the top 15 all-purpose backs in the country for the class of 2018.
“It was one of those dreams that I never would have thought was possible when I was younger,” Bolden told GN regarding his commitment to Alabama. “Now that it’s here, though, it’s like the dream is coming to reality. I don’t think it’s really hit me yet that I’m going to be playing for the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. That’s just an awesome feeling to know I can play at that level.”
Bolden says Alabama is getting an all-around offensive weapon.
“I run the ball angry and I run 100 percent every time,” he said. “I’m able to make plays out of nowhere. I’m going to be playing more receiver at Alabama, and at receiver I can get in space and get open. I also feel like I’m a good route runner. I don’t want to brag on myself, but I feel like I have solid hands and can get some yards after the catch.”
He chose Alabama over, among others, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
“When I went on my unofficial visit there a few weeks ago, I knew it was going to be a special place going in, but I didn’t realize how special it was going to be,” Bolden said. “I really fell in love with the area, the facilities, the atmosphere and just the whole place.
“I also fell in love with the coaching staff because everyone treated me like I had been there for a few years. I already have a good relationship with guys on the coaching staff. I also feel like I can fit in the Alabama offense pretty well.”
What about his interaction with Alabama coach Nick Saban?
“While I was on my visit, I spoke to him for a good while in his office with my family,” Bolden said. “Every time he saw me, he seemed to come over and speak with me, and that meant a lot to me.”
Now that he has made his commitment, is Bolden shutting down his recruitment?
“I don’t see myself going to any other games or anything like that,” Bolden said. “I don’t feel like that is fair to the college that I’m committing to, even if I didn’t mean anything by it or just wanted to check it out for fun. I don’t believe in committing, and then looking back and having that as a backup. I don’t believe in that.”
Bolden will head to college with the mindset of contributing from the start.
“My mindset is I’m going to try and play freshman year,” Bolden said. “My goal is to get in there as fast as I can.”
Alabama has 10 commitments for its 2018 class. Bolden joins four-star wide receiver Xavier Williams from Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep as the two skill-position commitments for the Tide thus far.
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