Slade Bolden: 3 things to know about the Alabama football wide receiver

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

Slade Bolden graduated from high school a semester early to enroll at Alabama for the spring 2018 semester. 

Bolden was a prolific offensive player in high school, but during his first A-Day game in spring 2018, he played safety. 

"We lost a lot of safeties that year, and I came in as an athlete technically," Bolden said. "So coach was like, 'We need a safety.' Me as a freshman I was willing to do whatever coach asked." 

Since that initial spring, Bolden focused on offense, and he's been a potent weapon for the Crimson Tide. 

Here's some basic information about Slade Bolden

Find out three more things to know about Alabama football wide receiver Slade Bolden. 

How fast is Slade Bolden? Here's his 40 time

Oct 2, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA;  Alabama wide receiver Slade Bolden (18) attempts to break a tackle by Ole Miss defensive back Deane Leonard (24) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama defeated Ole Miss 42-21. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

In high school, Slade Bolden clocked a 40-yard dash time of 4.69 seconds, according to ESPN

He also posted a 34.9-inch vertical jump. His 20-yard shuttle run time was 4.32 seconds. 

ESPN ranked Bolden as the 34th best high school football player in Louisiana. 

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Slade Bolden was high school teammate of All-American infielder Taylor Young

Taylor Young graduated from West Monroe High School in 2017. Slade Bolden graduated in December 2017 to enroll early at Alabama. Young and Bolden were both wide receivers in football and both pitched for the baseball team at West Monroe.

In 2016, the Louisiana Football Coaches Association Class 5A all-state first-team honors recognized Young as a return specialist and Bolden as an athlete. 

Young continued his athletics career playing baseball at Louisiana Tech. He earned Collegiate Baseball Third-Team All-American honors as second baseman in 2021 while also earning the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.

When it was announced Young earned All-American honors in June, Bolden tweeted, "Congrats Tyoung! Keep Going." 

Before enrolling at Alabama, Bolden said, "My first love was baseball. I will always love to play."

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Slade Bolden played quarterback in high school

West Monroe quarterback Slade Bolden avoids being tackled by Landry Walker strong safety Elvia Payton during the LHSAA Class 5A state football championships at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, December 10, 2016. West Monroe lost 50-21.

Slade Bolden played quarterback during his high school career. But that's not all. He also lined up at receiver, running back and cornerback.

His stats as a senior were 1,622 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns with 1,460 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. He led West Monroe to the LHSAA Class 5A state semifinals and earned the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year award. 

Bolden set a school record with 115 career touchdowns. The West Monroe varsity team went 47-7-1 during his career.

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Check out the Slade Bolden bio on the Alabama Crimson Tide football website. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik