Indiana senior linebacker Tegray Scales, a rising star inside the Hoosiers’ soccer program, factors to his expertise at Cincinnati’s Colerain Excessive Faculty and coach Tom Bolden as catalysts to his collegiate success on the gridiron.
“He wasn’t simply anyone I might speak to about soccer,” Scales stated of Bolden. “He might speak to me about private issues and my outdoors life, issues like that. So, he’s an excellent coach however a good higher individual.”
Beneath Bolden’s tutelage, Scales left his mark on Colerain soccer. As a senior, he recorded 102 mixed tackles, thirteen sacks, three pressured fumbles and two interceptions to develop into Ohio’s No. 24 prospect (Rivals) in 2014.
Of course, Scales’ dominance was no surprise to Bolden.
Now an 11-year coach at Colerain, Bolden was quick to recognize Scales’ potential, especially after seeing him carry his on-field success to the wrestling mat.
“After watching his freshman (football) season, him being so dominant, and then watching his freshman wrestling season,” Bolden said, “I knew right away. This kid is the real deal, no question about it.”
A four-year letterwinner as a wrestler, Scales finished within the top-15 in Ohio in all three of his final years at Colerain.
Scales believes his wrestling experience had a positive effect on his ability as a football player, emphasizing that a lot of the skills needed to succeed in football derive from a wrestling background. As such, he implores other aspiring college football players to pair their cleats with a singlet.
“I’m big on people that wrestle and play football,” Scales said. “I try to tell them as much as possible to put them two together because I really feel like that was a big part of my success and still is.”
Adding legitimacy to Bolden’s early prediction, Scales has since proved he is indeed the real deal with the Hoosiers.
In 2016, Scales amassed 126 combined tackles (93 solo) and a nation-high 23.5 tackles for loss en route to becoming the first Indiana linebacker to earn All-America…