There's nothing like starting National Signing Day off with an early-morning commitment. Penn State got just that on Wednesday morning with a commitment from New Jersey defensive tackle Corey Bolds, who will make things official later today when he sends in his letter of intent.
The Bolds File
- Class: 2017
- Size: 6'3/276 lbs.
- Pos: DT
- School: Paramus Catholic (Paramus, Nj.)
- Composite Rating: ★★★ (0.8641)
- Composite Rank: No. 45 DT
Bolds is someone who has actually been on Penn State's radar for quite some time, and likely had the green light to commit a few months ago. As circumstances changed with the commitment of Fred Hansard and the class becoming tight on space, the staff asked Bolds to sit back and wait while they sorted out their scholarships.
Now, obviously, they've done just that, and Bolds was given the go-ahead to commit on Signing Day.
Bolds boasts an impressive offer sheet, though it's not entirely clear which offers were "committable" and which ones weren't. Some of the notable names on there are Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. It's worth noting that Bolds was likely set for Rutgers until Wednesday morning.
Bolds won't be a guy that puts up sack numbers at the next level, or even ever really attempts to rush the quarterback all that much. Instead, he'll likely continue to bulk up to fill a similar role to Fred Hansard as a run-stuffer in the middle of the defensive line. He's an all-around solid prospect, and one that could very well end up being a star if he continues to work hard and things fall his way.
Bolds is commitment No. 20 for the 2017 recruiting class that is expected to be in the 20-21 range, per James Franklin. The fact that the staff told Bolds he was good to go to commit likely means that they received word from either cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields or wide receiver Mark Webb that they would not be choosing Penn State on Signing Day, therefore opening up one of the final spots.