Chop Chat’s Taylor Devers isn’t worried about FSU losing KJ Bolden to Hugh Freeze’s Auburn football program despite the momentum the Tigers have gained in recent days toward landing the Buford (GA) star.
“While I understand FSU fans’ concerns with Bolden visiting elsewhere due to the Travis Hunter situation a few years ago, the Buford High School standout has unofficially visited Tallahassee on several occasions where he came down for the Duke and Miami contests,” Devers wrote. “The coaching staff also has Bolden scheduled to come in for his official visit on December 15th.
“All in all, recruiting is an unpredictable period for teenagers to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Fans have to allow prospects to visit a variety of these locations because most of them will not have the opportunity to do this again in their lifetimes. Personally, I am not worried about KJ Bolden flipping his services to the Auburn Tigers at this time.”
Auburn football must land marquee transfer portal QB to convince flips to stay
Perry Thompson, Cameron Coleman, and potentially, Bolden, have already exercised player empowerment to leave Alabama, Texas A&M, and potentially, FSU before ever truly arriving, so if they all end up on the Plains next season, they know there’s an out that could come in the event Auburn is a .500 ball club again via the transfer portal.
To not only flip the trio but keep them on the roster over the long haul, AU needs to find a quarterback who can spruce up Thompson and Coleman — and if Bolden decides to play on both sides of the ball in the secondary and in the receiving corps, him too — in 2023. Because Payton Thorne might not have the arm to, and it feels like the ship has sailed for Robby Ashford and Holden Geriner, who both effectively lost the 2023 season to get reps and develop with on-field experience.
Walker White could be the answer under center, but it’d still be ideal to nab one of the headline names in the transfer portal — think Wazzu’s Cameron Ward, Ohio State’s Kyle McCord, or Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke, to name a few — to lead AU in the first year of the super SEC with Texas and Oklahoma coming to the conference.