Following Louisville’s spring game earlier this month, Kyle Bolin confirmed that he would be transferring from the football program. A little over a week later, the quarterback already has a new team lined up.
Per a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account, Bolin wrote he’s “proud to say my next home will be at Rutgers University.” The football program has thus far declined to confirm Bolin’s addition to Chris Ash‘s roster.
Bolin is scheduled to graduate from the U of L next month, meaning he’ll be eligible to play for the Scarlet Knights this coming season.
I’m proud to say my next home will be at Rutgers University. #TheHunt is on.
— Kyle Bolin (@_kb14_) April 26, 2017
Texas, Cincinnati, Northern Illinois, Southern Miss and Western Michigan were also considered potential destinations for Bolin.
Bolin started five games in 2015 as he and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson shared quarterbacking duties that season. Jackson replaced Bolin after a pair of picks in the regular-season finale against rival Kentucky that year and, coming off his four-touchdown performance in the Music City Bowl win over Texas A&M, the former was firmly entrenched as the starter heading into the spring of 2016.
The arrival of Bolin couldn’t come soon enough for the quarterback-depleted Knights.
In mid-November, Rutgers had six scholarship quarterbacks on its roster. By the beginning of December, that number had been cut in half as two of them, Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano, left the program as graduate transfers while another, Mike Dare, left as a run-of-the-mill transfer. The group was further pared earlier this month when Tylin Oden was dismissed for violating team rules and TCU transfer Zach Allen suffered a torn ACL.
With Allen’s injury, it leaves the Scarlet Knights with just one healthy signal-caller on scholarship at the moment — Giovanni Rescigno, the starter to close out the 2016 season and presumptive front-runner to maintain the job. Another will be added when 2017 signee Johnathan Lewis comes to campus this summer.
Rescigno, Lewis and Bolin will commence a battle for the starting job when summer camp opens in early August.