Vanderbilt’s 38-17 win over Ole Miss wasn’t the only good news of the weekend. On Monday, Woodbury (MN) athlete Nico Bolden, who was at the Ole Miss game on an official visit, announced that he’d be committing to Vanderbilt:
Extremely blessed to announce my commitment to Vanderbilt University!! ⚓️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/ikWyiYNtnd— nico bolden (@Nico_bolden) November 22, 2016
Bolden’s position isn’t entirely clear; Rivals lists him as a safety and a three-star recruit (and the #2 recruit in the state of Minnesota); 247 Sports also has him as a three-star recruit, but lists him as both an outside linebacker and a safety. That suggests that the 6’4”, 195-pound Bolden could be ticketed to play the “Star” position (currently manned by Oren Burks) when he arrives at Vanderbilt.
The linebacking corps could be a position of need for Vanderbilt, though, with Nigel Bowden recently retiring from football due to injuries (he would have had a year of eligibility after this year) and Zach Cunningham, presumably, going to the NFL after this season. If Bolden’s a linebacker, he’s the third one that Vanderbilt has picked up in the Class of 2017.
Here is Bolden’s senior year highlight video: