LSU has finally begun its dip into the Louisiana running back pool.
The Tigers’ first overture to an in-state running back was to Slade Bolden, a 3-star all-purpose back from West Monroe (La.) High School.
Bolden, the nation’s No. 10 all-purpose back, per the 247Sports Composite rankings, is the state’s No. 46 overall recruit in the 2018 recruiting class.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder boasts an impressive offer sheet that includes offers from favorite TCU, as well as Arkansas, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Memphis, Arizona State and Washington, among others. In total, Bolden reports 14 offers.
Bolden’s offer comes from first-year LSU running backs coach Tommie Robinson, who has been evaluating backs across the country first. He has now shifted his attention to in-state talent, beginning with Bolden.
Bolden has clocked a 4.52-second 40 time along with a 36-inch vertical. In the classroom, he sports a 4.0 GPA.
A brief look at Bolden’s junior season film shows that he plays quarterback for West Monroe. He is a big play waiting to happen from the Wildcat role. Bolden could very easily transition to a third-down back for LSU with the ability to reel in passes out of the backfield or even play out of the slot.