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QB Rob Bolden may finally follow through on transferring from Penn State after LSU comes knocking

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While most of the college football world is watching Penn State running back Silas Redd and his possible transfer to USC, Nittany Lions' quarterback Rob Bolden has been quietly making future plans of his own.

The New Orleans Times Picayune reported Sunday that Bolden "is making an official visit to LSU this weekend and may transfer to the Tigers program."

Bolden has been released from his scholarship, according to Penn State spokesperson Jeff Nelson.

Yes, the same Rob Bolden who, after becoming the first freshman to start a Penn State opener (2010) in 100 years, went on to lose that starting role and ultimately split time with Matt McGloin. And yes, the same Rob Bolden that was listed on the Penn State depth chart as the No. 3 quarterback at the end of spring football.

That Rob Bolden is now being courted by an LSU team that will likely start the 2012 season ranked in the top five, if not No. 1, in most preseason polls.

Who says college football doesn't work in mysterious ways?

The NCAA's decision to allow Penn State players to transfer without sitting out a season is fortuitous for Bolden, who, according to reports, was contemplating transfer back in January 2011 and was reportedly denied a release by former coach Joe Paterno. Rumors of Bolden trying to transfer swirled again in May.

LSU already has a solidified starter in Zach Mettenberger, but his backups are redshirt freshmen Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall. Adding Bolden gives the Tigers some experienced depth.

Bolden started 16 games for Penn State and completed 50 percent of his passes for 2,045 yards, seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions. However, Bolden was rated the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school in 2010.

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