Sunday, August 25, 2013
OU gets another West Coast commitment
By William Wilkerson
Oklahoma’s ability to span the country for recruits, particularly on the West Coast, has been on full display.
First it was ESPN 300 wide receiver Dallis Todd (La Mirada, CA/La Mirada), who committed on April 15. Earlier this month ESPN 300 tight end Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, AZ/Desert Mountain) gave his verbal pledge to the Sooners.
OU can now add three-star outside linebacker Curtis Bolton (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) to the list after he announced via Twitter Sunday night that he’s committed to Oklahoma.
“Went ahead [and] made my verbal to one of the best schools in the country University of Oklahoma,” he tweeted.
Bolton (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) is rated the No. 74 OLB in the country and No. 66 player in California. He also had offers from Arizona, Iowa State, Miami, Washington and Washington State.
Versatility is the name of the game for Bolton, who lined up as both a defensive end and defensive tackle for Vista Murrieta last year. He accumulated 93 tackles (73 solo), 15 sacks, 36 tackles-for-loss, 5 forced fumbles and 23 quarterback hurries.
Bolton played for an extremely talented team last season, which was highlighted by USC freshman safety Su’a Cravens, who was ranked No. 12 overall in the ESPN 150. But Bolton, his coaches will tell you, deserves as much credit as anyone for the team’s success.
Bolton is OU’s fifth defensive commitment and second OLB alongside Tay Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen).