Alabama received an addition to its 2018 recruiting class with the commitment of West Monroe (La.) three-star athlete Slade Bolden on Thursday.
In a ceremony at West Monroe High School, Bolden chose the Crimson Tide over 23 other reported offers that included TCU, LSU, Arizona State, Arkansas and Iowa State.
Many pundits believed TCU was the heavy favorite to land Bolden throughout last month. After attending the Tide’s summer camp on July 16, however, Bolden left the unofficial visit impressed and immediately became a priority for the UA coaching staff.
Per Bolden’s 247Sports Crystal Ball, TCU held 100 percent of the predictions by recruiting analysts last month. That quickly changed heading into the final hours prior to Bolden’s announcement with the Tide taking over 87 percent of the forecast.
Rated a three-star prospect, Bolden is listed as the No. 14 all-purpose back in the country by the 247Sports Composite rankings. Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll sees the 5-foot-11, 198-pounder at slot receiver. Bolden’s frame and skills resemble wide receivers Daboll has developed in the past, such as New England Patriots slot receiver Julian Edelman, who is listed at 5-foot-10 and 198 pounds.
Know for his versatility, Bolden has played several positions for West Monroe, including quarterback, running back, wide receiver and in the defensive secondary. The All-State athlete plays both football and baseball for the West Monroe Rebels, while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society.
Bolden is the eighth member of Alabama’s 2018 recruiting class, joining Hollywood (Fla.) four-star Xavier Williams as the Tide’s committed wide receiver prospects.
With Bolden’s pledge, Alabama’s 2018 class now ranks No. 40 nationally, per the 247Sports Team Rankings.