Kyle Bolin got a chance to take in some spring practice sessions recently and learn a little about the two big in-state football programs and one other out of state school.
"My trip to Louisville went really well," said Bolin. "I got to spend a lot of time with Justin Burke. He explained to me the offense in depth. I like the fact that (Louisville) runs a pro-style offense with some west coast tendencies," he continued.
Bolin also spent some time with a couple of the Cardinals' staff members.
"I spent a lot of time with Coach (Shane) Stiechen (Graduate Assistant) who played for UNLV and Coach (Shawn) Watson, the new quarterbacks coach," Bolin continued.
Bolin also talked a little about visits to Kentucky and Miami University.
"Over spring break I visited Miami and Kentucky. Miami had a beautiful campus and the facilities were very nice as well," he said. "I like Miami because that is a school that I feel that could develop me into a quarterback that I want to be because I could play for four years there," Bolin said.
"Like Louisville, Kentucky runs a pro-style offense which is great for a quarterback like me trying to get to the next level," he said. "I got to watch practice along side Coach (Randy) Sanders and (GA) Andre Woodson. I learned a lot from them," he said.
Bolin will attend Louisville's spring game in a couple days (April 15th) after being invited by Charlie Strong.
Bolin also got some exciting news when he picked up his first scholarship offer.
"Picking up an offer from Illinois was breath taking," he said. "I remember standing in my dad's office parking lot and receiving the news from Coach (Greg) Brohm. I had the biggest smile on my face. It was great knowing that all my hard work is beginning to pay off," he said.
But Bolin isn't ready to settle for that single offer from the Illini.
"It's over now and I'm using the experience (of getting that offer) as momentum and motivation so I can receive more."
Last season Bolin threw for 2300 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also had 621 more yards on the ground with 12 more touchdowns.