By Mike Fields
Lexington Catholic junior quarterback Kyle Bolin has decided he'll play college football at Louisville.
Bolin said he had been thinking about commiting to the Cardinals for about a week, and finally made it official Thursday evening. He phoned Louisville assistants Shawn Watson (quarterbacks coach) and Dave Boberly (offensive line coach), who were out at a restaurant together.
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"When I told them I was commiting, they were very happy," Bolin said. "Coach Boberly even screamed a little."
Bolin, who also had scholarship offers from Illinois and Cincinnati, said Louisville has been recruiting him since he was a freshman.
"The biggest thing is the relationships I've built with Coach (Charlie) Strong," Bolin said. "He's a great guy I want to play for."
Bolin was also won over by Louisville's victory against Kentucky last Saturday. He was there to watch the upset at Commonwealth Stadium.
"Seeing how much fun Louisville was having, I wanted to part of that," he said. "It was just great."
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Bolin threw for 2,300 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore. In five games this season, he's passed for 1,250 yards and 12 TDs.
LexCath Coach Bill Letton wasn't surprised by his quarterback's early decision.
"Kyle told me all along that once he found the right fit and was comfortable with it, he'd go ahead and commit," Letton said. "He's seen all he needed to see. He found everything he wanted."
As for the Bolin's potential, Letton said he has no doubts he's a Division I prospect. "I think Louisville got a heck of a player."
Bolin won't be the first LexCath quarterback to play for Louisville. Justin Burke, who led the Knights to a state title, signed with North Carolina State out of high school, but wound up transferring to Louisville to finish his career.
Bolin said Burke is on the Cards' coaching staff now. "He's a brilliant, brilliant guy, and I look forward to learning from him."