UNIVERSITY PARK - Rob Bolden has not asked for a release from his Penn State scholarship and does not plan to do so.
Bolden's high school position coach Don Buchanan told the CDT on Tuesday the junior quarterback plans to stay at Penn State.
Bolden who played for Buchanan at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory School in Michigan also is back on the University Park campus, Penn State sports information director Jeff Nelson confirmed.
Bolden did not respond to multiple interview requests.
Last weekend sources close to the team said Bolden had not attended voluntary workouts on the Penn State campus.
Buchanan said he hadn't talked to his former pupil since April, but during those conversations Bolden expressed excitement about his future with the Nittany Lions.
"He was all fired up about what was going on at Penn State, about working hard, studying the playbook," Buchanan said.
Bolden is currently locked in a familiar battle with senior Matt McGloin for the opportunity to start in new coach Bill O'Brien's offense. Joining the quarterback competition this season is Paul Jones, who sat out the 2011 season with academic issues.
The trio shared repetitions in April's Blue-White game but no quarterback stood out. Bolden completed seven of 14 passes for 78 yards with three interceptions. McGloin went 6-for-13 for 105 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception, while Jones connected on six of 15 attempts for 113 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Bolden has experienced an inconsistent career at Penn State thus far.
After becoming the first true freshman to start a season opener for Joe Paterno, Bolden struggled with his accuracy and pocket awareness. He sustained a concussion midway through the 2010 season and yielded the starting job to McGloin in the process.
McGloin, a walk-on, rejuvenated the Lions, leading a comeback win against Northwestern that season. Later, McGloin tossed five interceptions in a 37-24 loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl. Bolden, distressed that he didn't get an opportunity to play in the game after McGloin struggled, sought a transfer.
After Paterno refused to grant Bolden's release, the quarterback entered his sophomore year again competing with McGloin for the starting job. Bolden started the first few games, splitting snaps with McGloin, until McGloin supplanted him for the full-time starting job yet again.
In his first two years, Bolden completed 50 percent of his passes for 2,045 yards. He completed just 39 percent (53-of-135) of his tosses, with seven interceptions and two touchdowns, last season. Given an opportunity to play in the TicketCity Bowl with McGloin injured, Bolden was 7-for-26 for 135 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in a 30-14 loss to Houston.
Often viewed as an athletic, running quarterback, Bolden has yet to establish that part of his game. He finished his first two seasons with a net of 27 yards on 59 carries, a total offset by sacks.