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Friday, 03 May 2013 12:30

Bolton Invited to Vikings Rookie Camp

Kyle Bolton will compete this weekend in the Minnesota Vikings Rookie Camp Kyle Bolton will compete this weekend in the Minnesota Vikings Rookie Camp

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Former Baker University wide receiver Kyle Bolton is living out his dream of playing for the National Football League and proving that you don't have to play for a BCS conference school to showcase your talents in the NFL.

The 5-10 receiver from Oceanside, Calif., had a stellar four-year career for the Wildcats earning Heart of America Athletic Conference Honorable Mention All-Conference honors in 2012.

The speedster has been invited to the Minnesota Vikings practice facility in Eden Prairie, Minn., to participate in the Vikings Rookie Camp this weekend.

Bolton led the Wildcats in yards per carry in 2012 with a 13.3 average and two touchdowns and was third on the team with receptions with 23 and third in yards with 382. He accounted for 12 touchdowns in his Baker career.

His path to this weekend's rookie camp began in early February when he joined former teammates, punter Garret Chumley and tight end Joel Murphy in San Diego, Calif., for a workout on the campus of the University of California-San Diego.

During the workout, quarterback guru George Whitfield who has worked with the likes of Cam Newton, Michael Vick, Ben Rothlisberger and Johnny Manziel was working with some potential 2013 NFL Draft quarterbacks at UCSD and Bolton caught passes and ran routes for Whitefield and the future draft picks.

Former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo was in attendance and took a liking to Bolton's skills and helped him pick up an agent.

His agent then set Bolton up to participate in a regional combine in Seattle, Wash. The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings showed interest in Bolton and invited him after the April NFL draft to their Rookie Camps.

Bolton will now compete with all nine of the Vikings draft picks and undrafted free agents this weekend. Even if the Vikings don't sign him, the Bears would still like him to attend its Rookie Camp the next week.

"I've been able to perform well against all types of competition from the major colleges to the small ones these last few months and why can't I do it again," said Bolton. "I'll be competing at the highest level with NFL draft picks and NFL undrafted free agents, but I feel confident I can go in there and open some eyes."

"I'm so proud of Kyle and his pursuit of a career in football," said Baker head coach Mike Grossner. "There will always be a need for great speed in football. He just needs to find the right situation and keep refining his skills. Hopefully he catches on with Vikings or someone else in the league."

"All the support Baker has given me has been great," said Bolton. "All the parents, coaches and my teammates have always been so supportive. Coach (Miguel) Regalado and Coach Grossner really set the foundation for me to get to this level."


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