Louisville offers star Michigan quarterback

Robert Bolden, a 6-4, 200-pound standout from Orchard Lakes (MI) St. Mary's, is one of the nation's hottest quarterback prospects this spring. Bolden now holds more than one dozen BCS offers, including his latest from Louisville.

An all-area and all-conference selection as a junior, Robert Bolden completed 72 of 123 passes for 949 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions last season. He also ran for 260 yards and three touchdowns. He is considered one of the top three quarterbacks in Michigan's 2010 recruiting class.

"He throws well and runs well," said St. Mary's coach George Porritt. "He's going to be a great player. He's pretty fast but he's a drop-back kid. He can run a spread offense – that's what we run. He's got a strong arm and can make the deep throws. He'll be one of the top performers in the state next year."

Robert Bolden

Bolen has been garnering increased recruiting attention in recent weeks. Louisville became his 13th scholarship offer over the weekend. Bolen also holds offers from Nebraska, Oregon, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Colorado, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Duke and Northwestern. He'll have no shortage of options to choose from.

"He's wide-open right now," said Porritt. "He hasn't really thought about (recruiting) too much. He's been to a few junior days. He's been to Michigan State, Northwestern and Michigan. Last year he went to camp at Ohio State. He's open pretty much to anything right now."

Porritt said Bolden is taking his time with the recruiting process and trying to figure out which direction he wants to go with his recruitment. With offers from both Michigan State and Michigan, Bolden could elect to stay in-state or head out of state to a host of other BCS programs.

"He'll probably go through the spring process and a couple of camps this summer and come up with a decision or he may not," Porritt said. "He's very unsure about that right now. I asked him if he had to stay in state or go out and he's not sure yet. He doesn't really have that one school in mind yet."

Louisville tried to recruit one of Bolden's teammates last year – super-star tight end/receiver Dion Sims. While Sims eventually signed with Michigan State, the Cardinals are back again trying to lure Bolden – and possibly one other St. Mary's standout.

"(Louisville) may be interested in my linebacker Earnest Thomas," Porritt said. "He's been getting a couple of offers recently from Big Ten schools. He's a hard-hitting kid. He's going to be a heck of player. He's about 6-1, 210. He's got decent speed and a couple offers but I think that number will go when he attends a few camps this summer."

Scouting Report "He's very smooth and polished," said Scout.com Midwest analyst Allen Trieu. "You watch him on his drops and his release, and it's very effortless. He probably has the best mechanics of any quarterback in the state. He's a good athlete that can run, but I like that he prefers to be in the pocket. If he has an area to work on, I'd like to see him improve his arm strength and downfield passing."

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