Quarterback Rob Bolden — once a 4-star prospect coming out of high school — has decided to transfer from Penn State to LSU, making him the first ex-Nittany Lion from the NCAA-smacked team to land in the SEC. The New Orleans Times-Picayune quotes a source saying Bolden will report for the start of fall camp today.
In terms of adding an experienced ex-starter behind starting QB Zach Mettenberger, the move is a sound one. Bolden will be a junior this year. The Tigers’ next two reserves at that spot are redshirt freshmen.
But in terms of karma, well, we’re not in love with the idea of a coach raiding another coach’s roster. When the NCAA declared it open season at (Un)Happy Valley, everyone knew this would happen and now more and more players are fleeing Penn State. Still, how would Les Miles feel if someone came nosing around his roster?
Moving forward, one has to wonder if Miles intends to use Bolden strictly as a reserve or if he has a mind to make the former #2 ranked dual-threat quarterback in high school football a bigger part of the Tiger offense. For that, it’s wait-and-see time.