Ohio Star Down to Two

Brock Bolen, a powerhouse tailback/fullback from Germantown, Ohio, has narrowed his list of schools to two. Can the Badgers steal a top prospect from Buckeye country?

Brock Bolen, a 6-foot, 230-pound tailback/fullback from Valley View High School in Germantown, Wis., said he will decide between Wisconsin and Ohio State "pretty soon," likely over the next couple of months.

Bolen said he has narrowed his list of offers to two finalists after looking at a number of factors. The only issue left to study is the depth chart at each program, and where he would fit in.

"I want to go somewhere I can play, basically, because I don't want to spend four years sitting on the sidelines," Bolen said. "If it takes me going to a smaller school to be able to play, that's fine with me. My goal since the third grade has been to play professional football, and I want to go somewhere that will give me the best opportunity to do that."

Bolen won't have to resort to a small school to play. He rushed for 2,287 yards and 43 touchdowns last season, and Midwest Recruiting Expert Chris Pool said Bolen is "one of the most talented and devastating athletes we've seen on film this year."

Before making his official decision, Bolen will attend Ohio State's summer camp in a couple of weeks. It's the only camp on his agenda this summer. He has already visited Wisconsin unofficially, and he loved what he saw.

"The facilities are great and the coaches are just so friendly," Bolen said. "I really feel at home there. Everything is just so perfect about it. The only problem is that it's about 8-10 hours away."

Bolen's home is 90 minutes south of Columbus. But he said he did not grow up a Buckeye fan, and distance is not the primary factor in his decision.

"It's a disadvantage (for Wisconsin) but it's not really that big a deal, because I drive a half an hour every day just to go to high school," Bolen said.

Bolen said the Badgers are recruiting him as a tailback, but the Buckeyes haven't told him their plans for him yet. He is also very talented as a linebacker, but OSU is also leaning towards offense.

"They told me they don't know yet. They said they are going to evaluate me at their camp coming up, and they are going to let me know if I could play running back or fullback," Bolen said.

Bolen feels his future is definitely on the offensive side of the ball.

"I think I play hard-nosed football. Everyone always compares me to Mike Alstott," Bolen said. "I have a lot of power, but I still have speed too."

Bolen isn't sure what he wants to study in college yet. He said he will likely start as a business major until he gets into the swing of things and decides what he truly wants to do.

But right now, Bolen's first step is to pick his college destination. He's narrowed it all the way down to two schools, and he's on the verge of making a commitment. Bolen didn't completely rule out another school jumping into the equation, but he said that's unlikely at this point. Aside from studying depth charts, Bolen said he has already weighed out the factors that are important to him.

"I talk to my father and my coach, but they've both told me that it needs to be my decision," Bolen said. "They want me to be happy. They give me advice along the way, but they haven't told me where to go. They've just told me to go where I will be happy."

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