The truth works

Elite prospects typically hear nothing but praise when they attend a summer football camp. So, when Tennessee coaches noted some flaws in one heralded quarterback during their recent camp, the recruit was surprised.

Fortunately for the Vols, the recruit was PLEASANTLY surprised. He found the staff's candor utterly refreshing.

"The coaches gave me some constructive criticism," Kyle Bolin said. "I wasn't used to that but it was nice to get some feedback that I can take home to work on."

In this case, "home" is Lexington, Ky., where the 6-2 1/2, 185-pounder is a rising junior at Catholic High School. He projects to be one of the top QB prospects in the Class of 2013 after passing for 2,300 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore last fall, in addition to running for 625 yards and 12 more TDs.

Surprisingly modest, Bolin gave considerable credit for those impressive numbers to his high school team's varied offensive package.

"We ran a little bit of pro-style and incorporated some spread and some west coast," he said. "We threw the ball a lot more than we ran the ball. It was a quarterback-friendly offense."

Asked what he does best, Bolin replied: "Probably my post is the most consistent throw. Some days I'll be on and hit that 15-yard comeback. Other days I'll be able to throw the deep ball really well."

After describing himself as "a very, very hard worker," he added: "I take coaching very, very well. I'm a leader on the field. Accuracy is a strong point in my game. I'm very competitive and give my all on the field. I never take a play off."

Being such a hard worker, Bolin was a little disappointed that Tennessee's camp lasted just three hours. Still, he said it was well worth the drive down from Lexington.

"It was a great camp," he said. "I was very, very happy with how it went. Even though it was only three hours, I was very happy with how I performed.

"They put me and another quarterback in individual workouts and filmed us all day. Then they had some wide receivers and DBs come over and we all worked together. That was really enjoyable."

Getting input from Vol offensive coorinator Jim Chaney and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw was enjoyable, too, even though not all of the feedback was positive.

"Me and my dad got to sit down with Coach Hinshaw and Coach Chaney for about an hour and a half to talk about where I stand," Bolin recalled. "Then I got to throw a little with Coach Hinshaw after the camp."

Although he still has two seasons of high school ball ahead of him, Bolin already has three major college scholarship offers - Cincinnati, Louisville and Illinois.

He said the Vols have not offered yet "but Tennessee is up there. The camaraderie and the hospitality they showed me was really enjoyable. Hopefully, there will be an offer when I come back in July."

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