Bolin unfazed by UofL's conference situation

Despite uncertainty surrounding Louisville's conference affiliation, standout Lexington Catholic junior quarterback Kyle Bolin, who also held an offer from a Big 10 program, didn't think twice about verbally committing to Charlie Strong's program last week.

Despite uncertainty surrounding Louisville's conference affiliation, standout Lexington Catholic junior quarterback Kyle Bolin, who also held an offer from a Big 10 program, didn't think twice about verbally committing to Charlie Strong's program last week.

"Louisville has always been one of the premier programs in the Big East," Bolin told InsideTheVille.com. "Whether it's the Big East, I've also heard rumors they might go to the SEC or Big 12. Either way Louisville is going to be in a tough conference and be able to make a run at the national championship and BCS bowl games. I talked to my coaches about it and they all agreed that Louisville was my best choice and that was why I made the commitment."

Bolin, who had scholarship offers from Illinois and Cincinnati, also received interest from Arkansas, Florida and Purdue before choosing the Cardinals.


Kyle Bolin committed to Louisville after the Cardinals win over rival Kentucky last Saturday.

"Recruiting has been kind of blowing me up," Bolin said. "I've been getting a bunch of letters, Facebook, Twitter, everything like that. I thought it was all nice in the beginning, but it started getting really stressful and hectic so I started to look at the schools I was actually interested in. So I narrowed it down to about six or seven teams and when I narrowed them into categories Louisville was always the top one. Just the relationship that I built with the coaching staff, especially Charlie Strong, is just outstanding and I felt like I was a Cardinal."

Bolin attended Louisville's win over rival Kentucky last week and came away impressed that Strong's young team convincingly defeated the favored Wildcats on the road.

"I have no doubt in my mind that Louisville is on the rise right now," Bolin said. "They are fun to watch. They play fun football and I feel that's the way football should be played."

Was Louisville's victory in Lexington, Bolin's hometown, the determining factor in his decision to commit early?

"Not necessarily," Bolin said. "If they were to lose that game I probably still would have chosen Louisville. But it was nice to throw up the ‘L' in all of my friends faces that were pulling for UK. So that was a pretty fun night. It made me enjoy Cardinal football even more."

Bolin, 6'3, 190, attended Louisville's camp over the summer where he worked with quarterback coach Shawn Watson.

"Coach Watson is really an outstanding guy and really knowledgeable about the position," Bolin said. "The moment I met him I already knew I was going to like him. His personality, the way he handles himself, he's very cool, calm and collected. I feel like we get along great. I worked with him at camp and he helped me out a lot. He's going to help me in the future."

Bolin has guided Lexington Catholic to a 5-1 record this season. After passing for 2,300 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore, Bolin has thrown for 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns through six games this season.

"I feel like I've bettered my game in all aspects," Bolin said. "I've gotten bigger, faster, stronger. My arm has gotten stronger and I feel like I have more zip on the ball. My accuracy is better, I'm reading the defense a lot better, I'm being more patient in the pocket and I'm taking what the defense gives me."


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