Penn State's super freshman Robert Bolden has been denied his release to transfer from the school according to Bolden's father. Bolden asked for his release from head coach Joe Paterno but was denied and will now look into other options. Bolden is the first Penn State true freshman to start a game at quarterback in Joe Paterno's 45-year coaching history but missed the last few games due to injury and sophomore walk-on Matt McGloin taking over the starting QB spot.
Bolden must feel he won't play in 2011 to request his release. McGloin performed fairly well in his time as the Penn State starter but Bolden is a talented player and was highly recruited by several schools. He was a 4-star dual QB recruit who had offers from schools like Nebraska, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, and several others. Bolden's father says they are only interested in playing at FBS-level schools. If Bolden decides to leave before classes start on Monday, he'll have to sit out a year at his next college before being eligible to play. He also will have to pay his own way for the next year since Penn State will not release him to transfer to another school.
College football is a tough game for these high-profile recruits. Bolden could still be the starter and the future at Penn State without the concussion he suffered or the drop in play. Instead he's stuck in a situation that doesn't look like he'll got out of easy. No word on what schools Bolden is currently looking to transfer.