DE Joe Boletepeli of Wake Forest, NC has not yet lined up official visits but when he does its a strong likelihood USC will be on his list. The Gamecocks offered Boletepeli in late August and the Gamecocks are keeping in touch thru defensive line coach Lance Thompson.
“We’ve been talking and he’s been asking me to come down for a game,” Boletepeli said. ‘I’ve been talking to my folks to make that happen. Coach Thompson said he thinks I can play a big role in their defense and he feels South Carolina is the best place for me. Coach Muschamp is a defensive oriented coach. They are pretty young and he fees like I can go in and mesh into the program.”
Boletepeli said he does not have favorites from an offer list that also includes Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina, Georgia, Wake Forest, Michigan State, NC State, Arkansas, East Carolina and Miami. However, USC has made an impression on him thru its recruiting.
“They are high on my list,” he said. “It’s an SEC program and at a point and time they were a big contender. I’ll narrow my list down soon, probably in a couple of weeks. They probably will make my short list and probably get an official visit.”
He has been to NC State and North Carolina for games this season. He plans to take is official visits before deciding but said, “As soon as I get that right feeling, I’m going to go ahead. I don’t want to rush it but I don’t want to take too long.” He will be an early graduate.
This season thru five games Boletepeli has five sacks.