Committed to the University of Louisville for over a year, Lexington Catholic High School quarterback Kyle Bolin was extended a scholarship offer by the new staff at the University of Kentucky last week.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Bolin and his father met with new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown and listened to what he had to say. Brown then offered Bolin the scholarship and the signal-caller had a quick answer.
"I told them I was 100 percent committed to U of L and I am," Bolin told Cardinal Authority. "I enjoyed listening to what he had to say and I think they're going to do a great job, but I can't pass up the situation at Louisville.
"I felt like it was my obligation to listen to them but I told them I am 100 percent committed and that's not going to change."
Bolin, a four-star prospect who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Boyle County in late September, will sign with U of L in February.
"I grew up a UK fan," Bolin said. "They were not my favorite team, but they were right here and we went to games. A lot of people say I don't like them or whatever but it's not really UK. I just have a bad taste in my mouth from the last coaching staff and a few of their fans that have been harassing me since the day I committed to U of L. I felt like I had to listen to them."
Bolin, who said he told the U of L coaches he was still committed but was going to talk to UK last week, also has a younger brother – Clay – who is a top 2016 quarterback prospect and attends Lafayette High School.
"I didn't want to burn any bridges," he said.
Bolin will be one of two quarterbacks sign with U of L in this class, joining junior-college quarterback Brett Nelson, who committed on Sunday.
While Bolin said he didn't know Nelson, the in-state star said the U of L staff has kept him informed about who they were recruiting.
"With (Will) Stein graduating, they need three quarterbacks on scholarship," Bolin said. "The original plan was for me to redshirt and they said they didn't want to waste a year for me because maybe Teddy (Bridgewater) gets banged up for one play. So they just have to make sure.
"Plus, competition is good. I'm not afraid of any competition. It's like if you are running a 40-yard dash and nobody is beside you, then you might run one speed. But if someone is next to me, I'm going to run harder to beat them."
Bolin will visit U of L in January. Before the injury, he started six games, throwing for 1,556 yards and 14 touchdowns, while also rushing for an additional 187 yards and 4 scores. He threw for 7,038 passing yards and 63 touchdowns during his prep career.