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Monday, February 11, 2013
DE/LB Bolton fielding early Pac-12 interest

By Erik McKinney

Vista Murrieta (Calif.) won't have Su'a Cravens leading its defense this fall, but the Broncos have plenty of firepower left on that side of the ball, particularly when it comes to rushing the passer.

Outside linebackers Greg Hoyd and Tyler Cook already hold scholarship offers, while hybrid OLB/DE Curtis Bolton seems to be on the verge of landing his first.

Bolton has received interest from Arizona State, Boise State, Miami, UCLA and Washington early in the process and was on the Huskies' campus this past weekend for a junior day.

"It was my first time in Seattle, and I'd always heard about how bad of a place it was to be because of the weather," Bolton said. "It was a little cold, and it rained for about 20 minutes, but overall it was beautiful weather. But the best thing about the trip was the stadium. They dropped so much money into that stadium, and it was great to see how they take care of the football players."

Bolton said he and the other unofficial visitors were given a tour of the campus, which included the dorms and the weight room. Toward the end, he was able to put in some one-on-one time with his position coach.

"It was nice to be able to be up there and talk to the coaches," he said. "It went pretty good. We talked about my role on the team and the position I fit in. They are looking for guys at my position."

That position for Bolton could be an interesting one. The 6-foot, 205-pound junior registered 70 tackles last season and led his team with 10.5 sacks. He said he understands he has some work to do this offseason in order to prove to college coaches that he can do more than just rush the passer.

"They like how I can pass rush, but they want to see what I can do at linebacker," Bolton said of all the coaches who have expressed interest. "I have to show that I can play at linebacker. They saw on my film how I can get after the quarterback. They want me at camps to show them I can play both positions."

Bolton said he is initially intrigued by the 3-3 defense at Arizona State, which he said would allow him to play defensive end as well as linebacker. He would like to attend camps with the Sun Devils as well as Boise State. UCLA is the newest school to express interest in Bolton, who stands to benefit greatly from camp performances this spring and summer.