Kyle Bolin Shows Talent At Illini Camp

The last Fighting Illini football one-day camp of the summer included a standout junior quarterback who already holds an offer from Illinois. Lexington Catholic star Kyle Bolin worked out for the Illini Friday and made a strong impression. The school made a good one on him as well.

Kyle Bolin has already made a reputation for himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the 2013 class. He holds offers from Illinois, Louisville and Cincinnati, with many more likely to follow. He worked out with Illini quarterback coach Jeff Brohm Friday and enjoyed the experience.

"He's a great coach. He knows a lot about the position. He's easy to talk to, and he listens to you as well if you have something to say to him. He's just a very personable guy. I feel I could have a great relationship with him.

"I talked to him a little bit earlier in the spring, and that was when I received an offer from him. We talk on and off all the time. He's a great guy to talk to."

He learned some things at camp also.

"Coach talked about keeping compact with your throw. Sometimes quarterbacks including myself, on a deep pass or when they are in a hurry, they may be a little long, take a little time and lose accuracy. The main thing is, we need to stay compact in our throws and deliver a catchable ball."

Bolin's style appears to fit the Illinois offense.

"I'm a typical pro-style quarterback. I prefer staying in the pocket, but I have pretty good agility, so I can be elusive in the pocket. If I need to run, I'll run, and if I need to pass, I'll pass. But I'd much rather stay in the pocket and beat you with my arm."

The 6'-2", 185 pounder considers his intangibles to be his main strength.

"Probably my strength is my leadership and competitiveness. I also bring physical attributes like a strong arm and accuracy. But most importantly is my will to win. I want to do everything possible I can to win, whether it's staying extra hours in practice or doing extra weights in the weight room. I just have that drive."

Talent and hard work are essentials in any football player. Bolin is likely to lead his Lexington Catholic High School to many more victories before he graduates.

"We should be very strong this year. We're returning most of our starters. A majority were sophomores last year. We lost three seniors on the offensive side and three on the defensive side. Last year we started a little bit slow, but it picked up towards the end of the season when we got a little more experience."

Recruiting will no doubt become hectic for the Bolin family before this time next year. While his dad would rather his son pick a school and get it over with, the younger Bolin is in no hurry.

"I'm gonna enjoy every bit of it. There's gonna be times when I'm busy and I'd wish that they'd call at a different time. But overall I'm gonna have a blast. I'm gonna enjoy every moment of it."

Bolin wants a school that combines good academics and football.

"I'm looking for a school where education is a strength. Coaches say education is a strength, but when you look at it, they may not really stress it as much as other places. I understand that football is not gonna be there for me my entire life, so I want to get out with a good degree.

"When I come to a football place, I want to come to a facility where I'm at home and the team and coaching staff is my new family. I want to be able to have a great relationship with the coaches. It's a place where my parents can come and enjoy my experience as well."

He hasn't decided whether the pull of colleges close to him will influence his ultimate choice of schools.

"It just depends. I might really like a place a couple hours away, or I might really love a place 10 hours away. I haven't really made that decision yet."

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