News broke yesterday that quarterback Robert Bolden would be transferring from LSU.
#LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette confirms that Rob Bolden is transferring from the football program. He was, indeed, moved back to QB.— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) July 15, 2014
Hondo Carpenter from SpartanNation.com also tweeted that Bolden is definitely headed to Eastern Michigan, but without confirmation. What has been confirmed is that Bolden is coming to Ypsilanti for a campus visit and is also considering Central Michigan.
Bolden played high school football for Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory (Orchard Lake, Michigan) and was considered a 4-star, dual-threat quarterback by 247sports. He is currently listed at 6-foot-4 and weighs 210 pounds.
Right out of high school, Bolden played quarterback at Penn State as a true freshman, and was the first true freshman to be their opening game starter at that position in 100 years. As a Nittany Lion, Bolden threw for 2,045 yards with a 50.3 completion percentage (165-for-328), including seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions. After spending two years at PSU, Bolden transferred to LSU in 2012, transitioning into a wide receiver. He did not see any action in 2013 and was not expected to get much playing time this year, either.
Transferring to LSU and changing positions clearly didn't work out for him then, and it's almost safe to assume that the Detroit native didn't move closer to home in his final year of eligibility to have the same thing happen to him again. If Bolden is finished with his undergrad at LSU by the time he transfers, he will be eligible to play right away.
Bolden is a big, athletic quarterback that would easily be a big upgrade for both schools. Neither are in the position right now to say that their quarterbacks are too good to keep him off of the rosters. But let's look at the two options.
The case for Eastern Michigan
Brogan Roback was expected by many to be the starting quarterback of this team for the next three years. Even though he had the most hype coming to Ypsilanti his freshman year, with a few recruiting pages saying that he's a 4-star caliber player, expecting him to be the starting quarterback for three years is a lot to put on his shoulders.
Tyler Benz left the team soon after Chris Creighton was hired in as the head coach and Roback's backup, Mark Ianotti, transferred to Southern Illinois. Other quarterbacks on EMU's roster include Regineld Bell, Brandon Bossard and Lemar Harris. Harris is the only one listed as a true freshman while the other two are redshirt freshmen.
Roback was the surefire pick to be the starting quarterback this year, but if Bolden chooses to play at EMU, then there's going to be a little bit of competition at quarterback, which is nothing new to Eagles fans. Our friends over at Eagle Totem agree that this is a good problem to have.
The case for Central Michigan
There's a lot of uncertainty as to who the starting quarterback will be for the Chippewas.
The team's leading passer from last season is Cooper Rush, who threw for 2,349 yards with 15 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He started the final 10 games of the season last year, in large part due to Cody Kater suffering a broken collarbone in the first game of the season.
Alex Niznak transferred from CMU to Southeast Missouri State, leaving freshman Zach Oakley and sophomore Ryan Lamb the only other quarterbacks on the roster.
If Bolden were to go to Mt. Pleasant, Dan Enos may as well roll out the red carpet and treat him like the second coming of Dan LeFevour.