Although it was pretty clear who he was favoring, I was hoping he'd opt for Oregon or somewhere not in Happy Valley. I imagine he's looking forward to playing against UM (and MSU) in a couple years. He was second choice for both home-state schools and was "forced" to go elsewhere. As long as his debut against his home state school is vastly different from Craig Krenzel's...
Bolden to PSU
I can't see Bolden playing much at Penn State. Newsome a year ahead of him, Jones in the same class.
He wants to beat UM and MSU because he was their second choice? Does he want to beat Penn State too, because he's also their second choice.
I think he wants to beat UM and MSU because they're his opponents.
You're right, WolinLA. Never in the history of sports has a player wanted to prove himself to the team that spurned him. Never has a player forced into free-agency wanted to one-up his former team, never has a kid from Michigan who didn't receive an offer (or in this case, had his offer back-burnered due to Gardner's commit) wanted to prove they made a mistake.
Joey Harrington probably played his balls-off on Thanksgiving a couple years ago merely because he was playing a game, and not because it was the Lions. This is further proven by the fact that he sucked every game before... and ever since.
And Floridian Greg Matthews wasn't starting fights at the 50 right before he played his home-state Gators in the Capitol One bowl a couple years ago. Maybe he just got a little more excited than usual because he got to see Disney World that week.
I don't like seeing in-state kids going elsewhere, and I really don't like seeing them on the field against UM. I'm sure Nick Hill will have a little extra for us when he first plays UM too. (but maybe it will just be another game for him)
I don't think you're getting LA's point. Everyone may get a little more aggressive when a team, as you say, "spurned" them. I don't quite think this is the case for Bolden though. He is the 2nd choice at all 3 schools (UM, MSU, PSU). If he is also the 2nd choice at the school he COMMITTED to, why on earth would he not also be mad at them? I don't quite follow your logic in this instance. If it is really the case that he is mad at UM or MSU (which I doubt is true), then it would be ridiculous on his part to go to a school where he would be just as far down, if not further down the depth chart. He is going to "spurning" us hard from that bench seat he's been given.
I'm not sure UM or MSU really spurned him, I know that we offered him, just like Penn State did. You seem to think that because UM and MSU signed a QB that wasn't him, that he was spurned. Do you know for a fact that had he wanted to commit to us or MSU, they wouldn't have let him? He is the #2 QB at PSU, just like he would have been at UM or MSU.
Nick Hill is different. He wanted to play here, we never offered, so he went somewhere that did.
Having a desire to beat the team from your home state doesn't stem from being "spurned." I'm sure Denard Robinson would love to beat Florida if we played them just as much as Witty will, even though BRob was highly sought by the Gators.
Bolden thought PSU was a better fit for him, so he went there. Don't assume he now hates the in-state schools; there are reasons players go out of state other than being spurned.
I'm just glad he didn't pick MSU. I suppose Oregon would have been the ideal destination though.
Good luck to him trying to beat out Newsome and Jones.
No, Oregon was not the ideal destination. He stated many times he wanted to play in a pro-style offense. Oregon runs the spread.
I guess this is an example of how waiting to commit might hurt a player such as Bolden. Had he committed to MSU earlier, Boisture may have remained at BC. I'm not saying he's doomed to ride the bench at PSU, but he'll certainly have some top competition from Paul Jones and Newsome.
I think he meant "ideal destination" in regards to Michigan. As in, good, he's in the Pac-10, maybe we won't have to play against him.
Bolden is a pretty highly rated prospect. I'd think their QB competition for the next couple years is going to be pretty heated.
I don't think Bolden was ever REALLY on our radar so saying he was a second choice might be a little rough.
i bet newsome is the odd man out. he's more of a project. the other two are more refined even though they're a year behind.
Jay Paterno (PSU QB coach) and Galen Hall are going to have some nice talent to work with over the next 4-5 years, that's for sure.
agree that he has some extra motivation when he plays UM and MSU. That said, I think he will be in tough against Newsome and Jones but he is a very talented QB, so who knows what will happen.
I always thought Bolden dropped us and not vice versa. Didn't he make it pretty evident early on that he didn't want to run a spread option?
You are correct.
The coaches pursued Bolden and he said "I don't want to play in a spread offense."
The coaches said "Okay" and concentrated their efforts elsewhere.
For that reason, the idea that he'll have extra motivation to beat UM is just plain ridiculou. Some extra motivation might come from not wanting to hear "You should have chosen Michigan" when he comes home, if Michigan beats PSU in the coming years. I could definitely see that being a motivating factor.
PSU has a heck of a class so far. It will be interesting to watch the QB position there in the future.
The funny thing is it will be just like Michigan's come 2010. Only we will have a returning starter (I assume). Gardner/Tate/Robinson/Jones and for them Newsome/Bolden/Jones. Interesting indeed.