Bolt, Troy coaches looking to wrap up recruiting

Published 7:52 pm Friday, January 11, 2013

As the winds of change blew through the Troy coach’s offices over the last several days, one thing remained the same. Recruiting.

Troy introduced new defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt on Thursday and the emphasis was most definitely on recruiting.

“We’ve got a good base of recruits from talking with the coaches,” Bolt said. “The key now is to get out and talk to as many as we can and sell them on our program.”

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With national signing day just a few short weeks away, Troy must pick up the pace as they have been in limbo as the coaching changes took place.

“We have to do the best we can over the next few weeks,” said Bolt. “This is a very important time. It’s a trust factor. You’ve got to assure them that you’re here to do what is best for them.”

Despite the short time frame, Bolt feels Troy has a lot to offer a football prospect.

“That stadium, Coach (Larry) Blakeney, the new arena and future project. We’ve got a lot to sell here at Troy,” Bolt said. “There are a lot of players out there. A lot of good players. We’ve got to find the right fit for Troy.”

Bolt, who helped develop future NFL stars like Osi Umenyora and Demarcus Ware, knows how to get the most out of an undervalued athlete once he steps on campus.

“We’re going to work as hard as we can to put the best players on the field as we can. We have to develop them. We have great coaches who can get the most out of guys,” Bolt said.

“Evaluation is very important, not only on the field but his background. He may not be the best player, but he is one that will fight for this university and his family.”

Defensive line coach Randy Butler remains hard at work as the recruiting coordinator and Bolt says he is looking forward to working with all the coaches on developing a plan for the defensive side of the ball.

“They have to have talent, but not all the talent in the world. We want guys that are going to work hard and get better,” said Bolt.

“We’ve all seen guys that will work hard and do right off the field and academically, that’s what we’re looking for.”