Slade Bolden may not know how he would fit into the LSU offense or what position he might play for the Tigers. Truth be told, it may not even matter.
On Thursday, the 3-star athlete from West Monroe (La.) High School added an offer from LSU, the program he has cheered for on Saturdays for most of his life.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron personally delivered the offer on the phone, and then some. Coach O’s pitch to Bolden was one that he is still having difficulty grasping.
“Man, I was in shock and speechless. I am very thankful,” Bolden told SEC Country. “He (Orgeron) was just telling me how great it would be to be a Tiger and how much he loved me as a player. He said I could help build a championship team.”
To be fair, deep playoff runs are in Bolden’s DNA.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder — who is listed as the No. 10 all-purpose back in the 2018 recruiting cycle, per the 247Sports Composite rankings — helped West Monroe advance to the Class 5A state title game last December. The Rebels were bounced in the semifinals under Bolden’s lead in 2014, his freshman year.
Bolden plays Wildcat quarterback, but will likely transition to running back or slot receiver at the collegiate level. Orgeron did not specify how he’d utilize the versatile athlete, but he’s intrigued to find out.
“I know that they don’t really use a slot (receiver) much,” Bolden said. “For now, he (Orgeron) said it’s just as an athlete.”
When Bolden received his offer, it carried added weight because as a Louisiana native he cheered for the Tigers. That’s been the case for most of his life.
Now granted the opportunity to commit and eventually compete for his home-state team, Bolden couldn’t help but reflect on all of the players that have come through Tiger Stadium that he has been inspired by over the years.
“Growing up I watched Jacob Hester, Patrick Peterson, and I wanted to be the next Honey Badger, Odell Beckham Jr. or Jarvis Landry,” he admitted. “I can say that I have always been a fan.”
Bolden, the No. 46 overall prospect in Louisiana in the 2018 cycle, has seen his recruitment spike this spring. He has procured several offers and is now up to 22 with the overture from the Tigers.
Instantly, LSU has landed in Bolden’s early top five along with two other SEC rivals. In fact, LSU has replaced another SEC West team and the team continues to climb among the 3-star athlete’s options.
“They are definitely top five,” he stated. “It would be Ole Miss, Tennessee, TCU, Texas Tech and Arkansas. LSU would make six, but LSU comes instead of Arkansas.”