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  Bolt Under the Bright Lights

With a host of D-I offers under his belt, Austin Bolt hopes to hypercharge the Borah offense heading into the state tournament

By: Jamey Vinnick
Published: 11/6/2019 2:09:58 PM

No matter the play, no matter the position, Austin Bolt electrifies whatever field he steps foot on.

But the senior quarterback, while torching defensive lines and zapping secondaries, traveled a unique path to his current position under center.

To fill the void left at QB for the Lions after Ellis Magnuson's graduation, Borah's next all-around athlete stepped into the spotlight. And while his presence at quarterback has energized the Borah offense, Bolt will be the first one to say the position is only temporary.

“My main position right now is either tight end or wide receiver. I’m just filling in as quarterback this year because we had no other options,” Bolt said. “I’m doing stuff on the side to make sure I’m staying in a kind of receiving shape.”

When the Borah offense takes the field, it becomes plain Bolt feels most at home in the open field. Before the Lions’ regular-season matchup with Mountain View, Bolt entered the game with more rushing yards on the season than the entire Maverick running back committee combined.

But Bolt said the offense hasn’t completely focused on the running game, as he’s dedicated more time developing quarterback intuitions to improve his dual-threat capabilities, while also spending time on defense to boot. 

“I’m trying to make better reads,” Bolt said. “Sometimes, I should be getting the ball out a little bit more.”

Those offensive developments will be put to the test when the Highland Rams pay a visit to Dona Larsen Park for a state tournament showdown.

But beyond Borah’s potential run in the state tournament, Bolt has his eyes lasered in on a college career. The quarterback-for-now will look to bring his elusiveness and agility to a Division 1 program, preferably while playing out at receiver or tight end, where he feels most at home.

Borah Head Coach Jason Burton said Bolt’s mere presence at Borah — not just on the field — can invigorate those around him. Any college, Burton said, would be wise to add Bolt to their roster.

“Austin is an unbelievable player with his game-changing ability every time he is on the field,” Burton said. “However, he is a better person. He will say hello to everyone he knows and always has a smile on his face.”

Rated as a three-star athlete on 247sports, Bolt received offers from Boise State, Utah State, Idaho, Idaho State, Montana and Montana State with potentially more offers on their way. Hearing from his hometown Broncos was a dream come true for Bolt, who grew up cheering for the Blue and Orange.

“It’s super cool to hear from them." Bolt said. "It’s kind of cool seeing how I was a six-year-old kid and was just amazed by them, and now I could be one of those guys.”

With visits planned to a myriad of potential destinations, Bolt said his final commitment likely won’t come for some time.

“As of right now, I kind of feel like all the schools are even. I just want to evaluate all the schools and see which one wants me the best and which coaches I like the best,” he said. “It’s my next four years and I want to be happy with everything about the school, not just the football program. I’d like to make my decision sometime around December, but that depends on if I’m ready and everything has clicked.”

The Lions face Highland 7 p.m. Friday at Dona Larsen Park in Boise. Should the Lions advance, they will take on either Coeur d’Alene or conference rival Mountain View in the state tournament semifinals.


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