Pieces in Place

Cornerback/running back Omar Bolden (5-10, 197, 4.4) from Ontario Colony (Calif.) has scholarship offers from Washington and UTEP. Bolden favors USC slightly over Washington, Arizona State, Miami and Notre Dame.

Bolden attended the USC camp on June 11. "I went there right after I took my ACT," Bolden said. "I think the camp went really well. I think I impressed them. I played defensive back and thought I did extremely well considering it was my first time."

Bolden says that most schools are recruiting him for defense, despite him playing running back last season. "I haven't played corner yet," Bolden said. "Washington and Arizona State are both saying offense, but everyone else is talking about defense."

He finished his junior season with around 700 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns despite missing four games with a sprained right ankle. "I work hard and have a great work ethic," Bolden said. "I never give up and play smart. I'm a hard runner and it takes a couple of guys to bring me down."

Of his five favorites, Washington is the only one that has offered and Miami and Notre Dame aren't really recruiting him.

"Notre Dame was sending me letters earlier in the spring, but it's been a while since I've gotten something from them. I haven't heard from Miami at all.

"I don't care where I go. I'll play Division III if I have to. I just want to play football and get a free education. I want to major in culinary arts and that's hard to find.

"Washington is showing a lot of interest. I like them because they are rebuilding the program and are working hard on recruiting and putting all the right pieces in place," Bolden said. "I like coach Ty Willingham because he's a black coach that has accomplished a lot."

He reports a 2.0 GPA and took both the SAT and ACT earlier this month.

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