Houston (Tex.) Klein Forest offensive guard Zach Bolton entered the summer with 15 total scholarship offers, and decided not to attend summer camps. The 6-2, 260-pound Bolton has put the majority of his recruitment on hold for the time being.
"I'm just working out with my football team and not really worrying about recruiting," Bolton said. "I'm going to start all my visits when the season starts."
Bolton does not have any visits planned for the summer and does not expect to take any. Based on the offers and contact he has had with coaches up to this point in his recruitment, though, he has identified a few favorites.
"I have five favorites, but I'm not swinging towards one particular college yet," Bolton said.
The five that stand out to Bolton at this point are Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois. He talked about each of those schools and what factors put them at the top of his list.
Minnesota - "Their coaches are writing me hand-written letters and not just sending me information about stuff that happened two or three months ago."
Missouri - "Their recruiting coach always emails me and tells me what's going on and what they are doing."
Kansas - "I had gone on an unofficial visit there and I really like their program, their players and their offensive line coach."
Illinois - "They were just straight forward with me and telling me that I probably won't play at the position I want to play, but I'll still get that chance."
Nebraska - "Their recruiting coach also keeps me informed and writes me hand-written letters. He emails me a lot too."
According to Bolton, most schools are recruiting him as either a left guard or left tackle, though some have also talked about playing him on the defensive line. Bolton said where he plays is not important to him as long as he gets a chance to be on the field.