Bloomington – The IU coaching staff caught Ted Bolser a little off guard when it offered a scholarship earlier this week.
It wasn't that the 6-6, 220-pound tight end from Cincinnati's Indian Hills H.S. thought he performed poorly at one of IU's senior camps last week. He knew he'd done well in front of the IU coaching staff, but he thought there weren't any more scholarships available for tight ends in the class.
"They said they were going to offer only one tight end, and one had committed, so I wasn't expecting to get (offered)," Bolser said.
While recent IU commit Josh Keyt is listed as a tight end, he's being brought in as a long snapper. That leaves a need for one tight end in the '09 class, and Bolser has emerged as a realistic possibility. He's a big, athletic target who caught 68 passes for 1,068 yards as a junior while playing primarily at wide receiver for an Indian Hills team that went 12-3 and advanced to the regional finals.
He's being recruited by college programs as a tight end, and has already received a handful of scholarship offers. But he's committed to making his college choice before the start of his senior season, and has thus focused his attention on three schools in particular – Indiana, Kentucky and Louisville.
Bolser attended one of Louisville's senior camps and got a closer look at the Cardinals' program, and he's also been to Kentucky as well. Both are intriguing possibilities.
"Their facilities are amazing, especially Kentucky," Bolser said. "Their coaches are great. The academics at Kentucky have impressed me a lot. They seem like good all around programs, and Kentucky is in the SEC which also impresses me a lot. That's one of the best conferences and you get a chance to prove yourself."
Indiana has plenty of positives as well. One is that his recruiting coach, Mike Yeager, is from Cincinnati and also played at Indian Hills. The Hoosiers also have plenty of stadium renovations underway that show a commitment to success on the football field.
"They've talked a lot about the upgrades with the stadium, and how they're re-doing and remodeling everything," Bolser said. "They'll have a new huge players' lounge, a new weight room, everything."
Bolser had a chance to see some of those changes when he was in Bloomington, and he's also bee able to see what both Louisville and Kentucky have to offer during stops there as well. But before he's ready to make a decision, he said he'll want to take closer look in the next couple of months.
"Going to the camps helps, but they don't help enough," Bolser said. "I'll definitely be re-visiting all of those schools again."
After he's done that, a decision come without too much delay.
"I'm definitely going to decide before the school year starts," Bolser said. "I want to get it out of the way. The recruiting process gets a little hectic, so it will be good to get it out of the way."
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