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Oregon State transfer Silas Bolden to visit Arizona, 3 others

The heir apparent to Jacob Cowing?

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One of the top remaining players in the NCAA transfer portal will visit Arizona later this month.

Former Oregon State wide receiver Silas Bolden has planned a visit to Tucson on Jan. 19, one of four visits he has set up for January. He is set to visit Texas this weekend, Washington on Jan. 20 and USC on Jan. 27.

The 5-foot-8, 157-pound Bolden had 54 catches for 746 yards and five touchdowns this past season, serving as Oregon State’s top target out of the slot. He had five receptions for 66 yards at Arizona in October, and in four seasons he has nine TD catches.

Bolden told 247Sports’ Greg Biggins he’s done Zoom calls with coaches from all four schools, along with others, and his hoping to find a school where he can make a bigger impact.

“My goal is to get drafted in the first three rounds, so I’m trying to find the school that fits me and an offense that obviously likes to throw the ball,” said Bolden, who has one season of eligibility remaining. “Those are all great schools and I know everywhere I go, there’s competition. I’m not looking to be promised anything, I just need to go and put in the work, and that’s what I plan to do.”

Bolden would help fill the slot hole left by Jacob Cowing, who in two seasons at the UA caught 175 passes for 1,882 yards and 20 TDs including a school-record 13 in 2023. Arizona has in-house options for that opening, including junior-to-be Kevin Green Jr. and incoming freshman Audric Harris, but coach Jedd Fisch has shown the willingness to bring in outside help at the receiver position in the form of Cowing and Montana Lemonious-Craig.