Omar Bolden recruiting update

Omar Bolden

Omar Bolden (5-11, 200, 4.4) from Colony High in Ontario showed up at the USC Skills Position Camp back in June for the afternoon session and his career as a defensive back began. It was obvious the Trojan coaching staff was impressed with what Bolden offers physically and athletically. He's built like a rock and runs with purpose.

It was evident that Bolden had the physical tools to excel as a defensive back, but it was obvious his cover skills were raw. A lot has changed since the camp at USC and he said he's much more comfortable after a season as a defensive back. He also said he learned a lot at another camp a few weeks after he was at USC.

"I really learned a lot about technique at the B2G camp," Bolden said. "I was only at the USC camp for a few hours." It should be noted that the B2G Combine was a three-day event.

Since the June afternoon at USC, the Trojan staff has remained in contact with Bolden and they could be close to offering him a scholarship.

"We (he and USC) talk every week," Bolden said. "I talk to the coaches every week.

"They're waiting for my transcripts for all my classes to come in before offering. It's looking real good. I'm just mad they haven't come, yet. I think if my transcripts are good, I could get an offer."

Bolden was asked if he received an offer from the Trojans, would the recruiting process end.

"It's possible," he said. "I'm not going to say it will, because I don't know what's going to happen for sure, yet."

While he has hasn't been to many games, he's seen USC play on television and had some thoughts about the 2006 Trojan football team.

"Last year USC was all about offense and they could score on any given play," Bolden said. With Reggie, Leinart and LenDale White ,USC had a powerful offense. This year the offense isn't scoring as many points and how can anyone expect them too? The defense is really playing well, the D-line is getting after the quarterback and the DB coverage is very good."

The Trojans are recruiting Bolden as an athlete and he could end up at cornerback, safety or running back. However, he said if given the choice, he'd like his future to be at safety. Bolden is extremely physical and at cornerback, he has the ability to jam most receivers at the line. Combine his 4.4 speed with his toughness, and he‘s an impressive safety prospect.

The 2006 season is Bolden's first as a full-time two way player and his numbers on offense, and defense are equally impressive.

"I have 55 tackles, two blocked punts and a forced fumble," Bolden said. Nice numbers for his first year playing defense. "On offense I have 1,600 yards, 174 carries and 18 touchdowns," said Bolden.

With Colony still going strong in the playoffs, Bolden's not ready to focus his attention on recruiting, but he has trimmed his list of schools he's considering to five.

"It's basically USC, Oregon State, Washington, Utah and Nebraska," Bolden said. "I just got an offer from Nebraska yesterday (Nov. 22)."

Bolden said he doesn't have any official visits planned and won't take any until the season ends. When the season ends, Bolden said he'd take a few weeks off to relax, as most seniors do, and then resume working on his speed and figuring out which schools he‘ll visit. He also said he's thinking about running track or playing baseball in the spring.

Note: Bolden said his GPA is 2.5 and should go up after the fall semester.

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