Former USC DB Commit Bubba Bolden Opens Up His Recruitment

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman defensive back Bubba Bolden has de-committed from USC and will now open up the recruiting process.

Talented safety Bubba Bolden committed to USC back last December but decided to back off his commitment and will now explore all his options.

"I felt like I rushed my commitment to USC the first time around," Bolden said. "That was my dream school and where I wanted to go since I was a kid so I committed before really even checking out all my options. 

"I want to go through the process and make sure the school I pick is the best fit for me and not just the school I grew up rooting for. I want to take my time this time around and be sure I'm comfortable with the school and how I'll fit in there."

Bolden's primary recruiter at USC when he originally committed was Keith Heyward, who's now at Louisville. The safety told us a few months back that he wasn't hearing as much from the new staff as he was from other programs.

"I'm still going to look at USC moving forward," Bolden said. "I want to go where I connect well with the coaching staff and also how I fit in with the defense. That's big for me, how I'll fit in with the scheme and of course I would like to play early as well.

"I know I'll visit Arizona StateColorado and UCLA but that's all I know right now. All of those schools have been recruiting me really hard for a while now so I'm looking forward to getting out there and learning more about the school and seeing how I fit there."

One thing to watch for is Bolden and his close friend and teammate Alex Perry have talked about playing together and the Sun Devils look like the team to beat for Perry right now. Bolden has developed a strong relationship with UCLA DB coach Demetrice Martin putting the Bruins in a good spot and Colorado has made Bolden a top priority with a ton of early playing time to offer as well. 

Bolden was tremendous at The Opening Finals last week and made Scout's All-Tournament team following the event. He's a long, rangy safety who can cover, plays with an edge to him and has good ball skills. He has the toughness to play the run but the athleticism to make plays in the deep secondary and is easily among the top 100 prospects in the country.

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