WESLEY CHAPEL – Isaiah Bolden always wanted to come back to Tampa Bay.
The rising junior grew up here before moving with his mom and stepdad up to St. Johns at age 12. This summer, he came down to live with his dad and play at Wesley Chapel.
The 6’2″, 175-pounder made his presence felt as a sophomore at Bartrum Trail recording an interception and then taking it back 108 yards for a touchdown against Gainesville Buchholz. He also took back a punt 77 yards for a score.
On top of the pick, Bolden had 16 tackles, three pass breakups, a 40.8 yard average on kick returns (6) and a 11.5 yard average on punt returns (12) for the season.
He called 14-year Bartrum Trail head coach Darrell Sutherland someone who taught him how to mature. He’s also thankful for positional coaches Marc Nadeau and Chad Parker for helping him along the way.
The move to Wesley Chapel was simply because of family and the fact that he missed home. He’s going to start at cornerback and line up as a slot wide receiver for the Wildcats this season.
Starting his football life at age 5, he was a running back until high school. He says he found his confidence this summer playing 7-on-7 for his travel team Pro Impact.
As for his biggest strengths, Bolden pointed to his overall athleticness. He calls his lack of experience his main weakness.
He committed to Florida State back in June saying that it was a place that he needed to be.
“I love it up there and plan on taking a visit sometime after the season,” Bolden told Prep Sports Scouting.
USF, North Carolina, Miami and Auburn were among the other offers that stood out to him.
Bolden calls playing for first-year Wesley Chapel head coach Anthony Egan something way different.
“He’s [Egan] a coach that wants to win and doesn’t take crap from no one,” he said.
The Wildcats went 4-26 over the last three seasons under previous coach Tico Hernandez. Bolden says the program is destined to turn around simply because this group is hungry and wants to win.
He calls his biggest role models NFL Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders and his mom because she’s a hard worker and his inspiration.
Bolden’s ultimate goal is to play in the NFL for at least a couple years. He’d like to go into real estate and commentary for ESPN.
He loves football and hates to lose. As a huge Buccaneers fan, he’s pumped to be back in Tampa Bay.
Bolden is an unknown in Tampa high school football, but that will change awfully soon. The kid has tremendous talent including leaping ability and speed that is right up there with the best.
Isaiah Bolden is out to prove himself and at Wesley Chapel, he should help turn the ship around awfully soon.
Favorite players to watch – Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jaguars DB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State S Derwin James, Chiefs WR De’Anthony Thomas, Chicago Bulls G Dwayne Wade
Playlist before games – Kodak Black, Migos, Mystical
Favorite movie – Love and Basketball
Favorite TV show – Bob’s Burgers
Fun fact about you that no one knows – “I like to go mudding and I love to watch Bad Girls Club.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “4-star”, “Zay”
Game film: Bolden’s Hudl tape
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