Georgia football landed KJ Bolden after 5-star committed elsewhere. Now he’s in safety mix


A five-star recruit that Georgia football heavily pursued and had designs on signing got away with a commitment to another traditional power.

That’s an accurate description of in-state defensive lineman Justus Terry from Manchester High, who announced his commitment to Southern Cal over the weekend.

It also describes where Kirby Smart and his staff stood with KJ Bolden last August when the safety pledged to Florida State.

Bolden, from Buford High, is now nearing the halfway point of spring practice not with the Seminoles but with Georgia.

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He made a signing day flip last December. Could Terry, who was committed to the Bulldogs, end up back in Georgia’s signing class?

One thing is sure. Smart won’t give up without trying.

The Bolden case is an example of that.

“I don’t see kids as committed to other places, because they’re not. They’re not signed,” Smart said when asked about Bolden’s recruitment. “I just know that we recruit good football players. We evaluate every player the same whether they’re committed or not. If there’s interest and conversation from them, and there’s visits where they come to your campus, you just stay very consistent.”

Bolden was rated the nation’s No. 1 safety in the 2024 class and the No. 13 player overall by the 247Sports Composite.

He’s one of three top 15 national recruits getting acclimated to Glenn Schumann’s defense this spring from the 2024 class along with Ellis Robinson IV, the nation’s No. 1 cornerback, and Justin Williams, the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker.

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Publish date : 2024-03-28 09:13:27

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