Posted by Bryan Fischer
While their bitter rival is worried about the fallout from an NCAA scandal, Michigan seems to be building some momentum on the recruiting trail under new coach Brady Hoke. That continued Friday as the Wolverines picked up another commitment in the form of Cincinnati (Ohio) linebacker Joe Bolden.
“My whole family and I all decided to go up today. And it really just came down to the coaches and how I interacted with them and obviously I interacted with them well,” Bolden told Scout. “They were excited. I kind of led Coach Hoke into it… we were all sitting down, my family and Coach Hoke. And I didn’t come out and say exactly what it meant that I was saying, but he figured it out -- and I said it then. My family is important to me and they all seem really happy and excited.”
As yet another Ohio native who spurned Ohio State for Michigan, Bolden knows his decision will not be taken lightly from some local Buckeye faithful but at the end of the day, he just didn't have a connection with the home state team.
“I’m not going to lie to you, I did watch Ohio State growing up," he said. "But I can’t … I don’t have too strong of feelings for them, if any.”
Bolden is friends with current Michigan offensive line commit Caleb Stacey and although he did a little bit of recruiting on the Wolverines behalf, this decision was all about Bolden's comfort level in Ann Arbor.
“I did talk to him, but to me the decision I made, you could have anyone come talk to me, it could even be Barack Obama telling me to choose 'this school because of that', but at the end of the day, they don’t have any impact on my decision," Bolden said. "My decision is based on how I felt about the program and how my family feels about the program -- and that’s how I made it.”
Bolden is the seventh commitment for Michigan's class of 2012 and third linebacker pledge. He racked up 93 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions last year as a junior.