Ole Miss’ coaching staff insists that it doesn’t make its recruiting evaluations based on recruiting services’ rankings or on prospects’ offer lists.
Plenty of other programs make the same boasts, but it’s often lip service. Houston Nutt’s staff at Ole Miss, however, walks the walk that corresponds with that talk. Exhibit A just might be freshman running back Brandon Bolden.
The 5-foot-11, 215-pounder from Baton Rouge (Scotlandville Magnet), La., reported to Ole Miss in relative anonymity and has been one of the stories of the summer and the first week of preseason camp. Bolden has gone stride-for-stride with heralded freshmen Enrique Davis and Devin Thomas and _ along with Davis _ seems to be giving starter Cordera Eason and backup Derrick Davis a run for their jobs.
“LSU started off recruiting me,” Bolden said. “I had a talk with their running back coach and they felt they had too many running backs and it would be a wasted scholarship. I agreed with them and I said, ‘Sure, I’ll drop that scholarship,’ and basically, I just had to get out of Louisiana. I’m thrilled to be here. I’m glad to be a Rebel.”
Ole Miss, likewise, is more than thrilled to have Bolden.