Considered the nation's No. 1 fullback by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming as a senior at Valley View High School, Bollen rushed for 2,087 yards and scored 40 times as a senior. As a junior, he rushed for 2,287 yards and 43 touchdowns and totaled 6,099 yards and 108 touchdowns during high school.
Bolen, who had 21 scholarship offers coming out of high school, heavily considered Louisville before picking Illinois. Now, though, with a coaching change in Champaign, Bolen is looking for a better fit for his talents. And he thinks Bobby Petrino's offense is taylor-made for his abilities.
"It's no offense to Coach Zook, but I don't think his offense would fit my style," Bolen said. "Louisville's offense fits my style well. Louisville is a great program."
U of L Defensive Coordinator Mike Cassity, who helped recruit Bolen to Illinois, also played a major factor in the Cardinals landing the talented running back this time around.
"I have a great relationship with Coach Cassity and he's one of the main reasons why I have chosen Louisville," Bolen said.
Bolen visited U of L earlier this week and came away very impressed with what he saw. "The facilities are great," Bolen said. "It's a great place to be."
Bolen said he watched the situation involving Coach Petrino and the LSU job closely last week and indicated that he probably would have chosen to transfer to U of L no matter who was the head coach.
Bolen said his transfer is nearly official, he's just waiting on the paper work to get completed, and noted that he'll begin classes at U of L next Monday. Bolen will also take part during spring drills and will have three years of eligibility after sitting out next season.
He played in nine games for the Illini in 2004, carrying 11 times for 51 yards, a 4.6 yards per carry average. Bolen also caught two passes for 12 yards.