Bolden talks recruiting

One of the strangest story lines of the 2007 recruiting class has to be that of Omar Bolden. Bolden, a four-star cornerback prospect out of Colony HS (CA.), had all but eliminated the Trojans from contention, until a recent turn of events this past weekend.

Bolden's name should be relatively familiar to Trojan fans, after he flew onto the scene with an impressive performance at the USC Skills Camp over the summer. Bolden, who had recently narrowed his list of schools Arizona State and Oregon State, so what was it that placed USC right back in the thick of things?

"It was really weird actually," said Bolden of his recent contact from USC. "Coach Carroll called me up on Friday and said he wanted to offer me, and told me think about it. I wasn't even going to visit the school, but I went down there with Jordan Campbell for the basketball game against Oregon, and it ended up being an official visit. They already had the room booked, so I said why not?"

Bolden and Campbell recently struck up a friendship that eventually landed the talented defensive back on the campus of USC.

"I mean we've known of each other for a while now," said Bolden of his friendship with Campbell. "We never really hung out before, but we became close at the all star game last month."

Bolden has been working very hard for an offer from the Trojans, and has an interesting theory on why the Trojans eventually offered him a scholarship.

"I honestly believe that the only reason they (USC) offered me a scholarship was because I told them I wasn't going to take an official visit there. I think they thought they were going to get Donavan Warren, but he ended up at Michigan. It's almost at the point now where they need me, and before I wasn't very high up on their list. They did have interest and keep in contact the whole time."

Bolden's trip to the basketball game turned into an official visit, and he did enjoy the brief time he spent down at SC.

"The trip was cool," commented Bolden on his recent official visit. "I got to hang out with Chauncey Washington a lot, and that was the business. He wasn't my host or anything, but I did get to talk to him a lot. We didn't talk about football at all, because that's all I hear about right now."

Regardless of how the offer came about, Bolden now has a lot to think about between now and Signing Day.

"I mean of course I'm going to consider USC," said Bolden on his upcoming decision. "I'm going to announce my choice on Fox Sports on Signing Day, and I will go in there with an open mind."

Bolden has excelled throughout his senior season at a variety of spots, and while he does prefer running back in college, he will play whatever will get him on the field first.

"Every school is recruiting me to play cornerback," said Bolden. "I mean, I would prefer running back, but if it's going to get me to the league, then I'm for it."

Bolden will head into Wednesday's decision with Arizona State, Oregon State and USC on his mind, and did take time out to mention the strengths of each of the finalists.

ASU - "They have great facilities there."

OSU - "That's a program that is going to do something good in the future. Plus they have most of their defensive starters returning next year."

USC – "They're always in the running for the national championship. And they are always playing in big games."

Regardless of what transpires over the next few days, Bolden will be a prospect to keep an eye on. Stay tuned to WeAreSC.com for up-to-the minute recruiting news and updates.


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