Ahmari Bolden is one of the best players from the Alabaster, Alabama area in the Class of 2022.
The 6-foot, 198-pound Bolden, who attends Thompson High School, is a dynamic player that works as an ATH on offense and safety on defense.
Bolden, who was a member of Youth1’s Freshman450 list last year, explains his strengths on the field.
“My speed and ability. I am a very aggressive player that is always in attack mode,” Bolden said. “I never hit the field not expecting to win. I give my team my all each and every play. When you do what you love it never seems like work.”
Bolden shares his mentality on the field.
“I start as a strong safety but I can play any skill position on the field. I am so thankful that my parents have had me with a trainer since 4-years-old,” Bolden said. “I am not a player that tells the coach I can only play this or that. I will play wherever I am needed. That's the difference between me and other players. Line me up anywhere and I will give you my all. I love lining up on defense as a safety watching the offense and knowing what the quarterback is going to do because I was a quarterback. The game of football is like a chess game. I study the pieces and how they line up and then as the defense we know how to attack. I love this game. I live to play this game.”
Bolden patterns his play after this defensive legend.
“Playing safety I model my game on Ed Reed. Our body structure is similar and we both play aggressive on the field. My mom had me study him after they placed me on defense. Just like me he was used to having the ball in his hand on offense and after being switched to defense that makes me hungry for the ball,” Bolden said. “Just like him when I get the ball my mind automatically tells me to score. I pray that I can have the success Ed Reed has had in his career. I hope to meet him one day and sit with him and pick his brain about how he was able to have a long successful career on and off the field.”
Bolden has a strong passion for the game of football. This is shown through his actions and behavior on the field.
“I love ever part of the game,” Bolden said. “This game has taught me so much about life and I love being a part of it.”
Bolden does his best to show strong leadership to his teammates. It’s important to Bolden that he sets a positive example on his peers.
“It's very important to communicate on defense. We can line up one way and when the player starts moving I have to let my team see what's going on. I am the last line of defense and it helps my defense when I can tell them what I see,” Bolden said. “We are a team and in order to when we have to do it together. Everyone is very important to the success of our program. I love our program and let's make our community proud to be Thompson Warriors.”
Bolden has improved in many aspects since being selected to the Freshman450. Bolden excitedly lists the strides he’s made in the last year.
“I am a work in progress and I’m always working on my craft,” Bolden said. “There is always room to improve and there are always players to study.”
Bolden discusses what he’s been up to lately.
“I was blessed to get to work out in a one day camp with Auburn this year. I normally attend Alabama camp but I had a cousin Javarious Johnson from Hewitt Trussville to sign with Auburn this year and it has really impressed me with the recruits they have been landing. Our team played 7-on-7 at Troy. We won the 7-on-7 at Alabama this year and we finished strong at the Foley 7-on-7 tournament," Bolden said. "Overall, I have gotten to see what I need to work on with my trainer Mike McCoy, the owner of Warehouse Performance Institute. He has been my trainer for almost eight years. He is a very important part of my success on the field. He played for Alabama and has taught me a lot about how to perform on and off the field.”
Bolden lists some recent achievements he’s proud of.
“When I transferred into the Thompson program I was blessed to land a spot on special teams as a freshman playing on a varsity team. I am very excited to be a starting safety my tenth grade year,” Bolden said. “Playing on a top notch program is a blessing under the leadership of coach Mark Freeman.”
Bolden outlines what he needs to work on to take his game to the next level.
“What has kept me successful is that I never stop working. I always watch my film with my trainer each week. This is my life. If I am going to have success in this I have to stay on top of my game,” Bolden said. “I am working hard on and off the field. Trying my best to balance every area of my life. My body and my mind. I plan to play this game at least 20 more years. My body is my temple and I plan to take care of it.”
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