I visited with Valley View head coach Jay Niswonger on Thursday to discuss his star running back and how things have been going early in the recruiting process.
"He's getting letters from all over right now," said Niswonger. "I would think he is one of the best backs in the state this year."
Coach Niswonger's Valley View football program is one that has built a tradition of winning. People have come to expect the school to win so much, that he described the 15-1 record as a "down year."
Niswonger is entering his 20th season at Valley View and has achieved an undefeated regular season eight times, winning the state title three times.
With a similar output from Bolen in 2003, Valley View should have little problem achieving similar numbers. As a junior, Bolen rushed for 2,287-yards and 43 touchdowns. He is quickly rewriting the record book at Valley View, where he is all ready second in career rushing yards with 3,539-yards.
Coach Niswonger is impressed at how Bolen continues to improve and challenge himself.
"What sets him apart from so many other players is his work ethic," explained Niswonger. "Everything I throw at him to does and then comes back for more. Most guys would have buckled, but he wants more."
One Big Ten programs's recruiting coordinator compared Bolen to the Tampa Bay Bucaneer's fullback Mike Alstott. "I can see that," replied Niswonger. "They have a similar build, but I'd say Brock is quicker."
Coach Niswonger informed me that the interest in Bolen is increasing and is coming from all parts of the country, with Ohio State, Northwestern (verbal offer), Stanford, Purdue, Clemson and Nebraska among those showing considerable interest. Western Kentucky has made a written offer to Bolen.
Bolen, who will be making an unofficial trip to Wisconsin this weekend, visited the Louisville campus late last year. Coach Niswonger expressed that Brock continues to have interest in the Cardinal football program and is hoping to hear from the new coaching staff soon.
The quarterback for Valley View should also attract attention this year. Ted Buehner (6'0, 180) is all ready receiving interest from a number of smaller programs. He runs very well and has good speed. He will most likely make the switch to defensive back in college.