It was a big end of the week for 2024 Buford (Ga.) athlete Khalil “KJ” Bolden. The 6-foot-2, 181 pound freshman added offers from FAU, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Michigan State in less than 24 hours.
Georgia offered Wednesday night, and the in-state offer meant a lot.
“Georgia is one of the top programs in all of college football, and it is only an hour from home, so this was a big one,” said Bolden. “I have been watching Georgia since I was a little kid, I train with former Georgia receiver Terrence Edwards, and I know a lot about Georgia.
“I talked to both the receivers coach (Cortez Hankton) and the new defensive backs coach (Jahmile Addae), and both talked about how they like my size, my speed, and that they would worry about my position later.
“Georgia is a great school I am interested in for sure. I love the fan base, the environment, how close it is and the coaches.”
Georgia Tech closed out a great Thursday with their offer. Andrew Thacker delivered the news to Bolden, and he is familiar with the program on the Flats.
“I was at the game against Florida State last year, so I have visited Georgia Tech. I got the tour and I had a great experience.
“I like the campus and how it is close to home.”
The talented freshman doesn’t know too much about the Owls or Spartans yet, but a teammate of his last season did sign with FAU. Amari Wansley is headed to Florida in May, so the Owls have a connection to Bolden.
That quarter of offers brings the total to five. Florida State was the first school to offer Bolden, and the Seminoles offered late in the summer before he started high school.
The Seminoles have a special place in his heart.
“I grew up watching Florida State because my dad is from Florida, and they have always been his favorite school,” said Bolden. “Florida State was my dream school, and I have been watching them since I was little, so for them to be my first offer was unbelievable.
“I started crying a little to be honest. I have been to a lot of games there, and I was big fans of Kelvin Benjamin, Jameis Winston, and so many other players that played there.
“I am still talking to coach Atkins multiple times a week, and I can’t wait to get down there.”
Bolden knows it is early, and he is taking all this in stride. One of the best things going for him, is who he is surrounded by. Buford is one of the top programs in the country, and it has a list of Power 5 players every cycle, so Bolden is leaning on some of the older prospects now.
“I have been talking to guys like Jake Pope about the offers, what it means, and he is really helping me with everything. He has talked about how I just need to keep working hard, and that now I will have a target on my back, so I am just going to keep at it.
“The offers are big for me, and they mean a lot, but I am just going to keep working. It is so early, and I know I have to do still, so that is all I am really focused on.”