Illinois Still In The Hunt

Ohio's Brock Bolen says there are now four schools that are in the running for his services. A decision could come before the start of the season.

Just how good is Ohio's Brock Bolen? I've seen film of both Bolen and Pennsylvania standout Dan Connor and both prospects remind me of each other.

I loved Brock Bolen on film because he's just a football player, nothing fancy, just line up and play tough, Midwest football.

If I'm alone in a dark alley, I want Brock Bolen with me. They don't come any tougher than this young man and he's going to be a very good college football player.

"I have it narrowed down to Wisconsin, Ohio State, Illinois and Michigan State," said Bolen.

"I'd like to make a decision soon, so I can concentrate on my senior season but I don't have a timetable for making a decision. I could make it tomorrow or in August.

"I really don't have a leader, everyone is about equal right now. I've been to Ohio State for camp and I've been to Wisconsin twice. I've also visited Illinois and I plan on visiting Michigan State this summer as well."

Bolen, a 6-foot, 230-pound, running back/linebacker from Germantown (Ohio) Valley View, rushed for 2,287 yards and scored 43 touchdowns as a junior.

He was named 2nd team all-state, all-district and all-conference.

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