January Will Be Busy
Scout.com
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Dec 26, 2006
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


California athlete Omar Bolden, ranked No. 15 by Scout.com as a cornerback, favors Washington slightly over Oregon State and says that the Huskies and Beavers lead solidly over UTEP, Nebraska and Washington State. All of his favorites have offered.

Four-star defensive back/running back Omar Bolden (5-10, 197, 4.4), from Colony High of Ontario (Calif.), has already taken an official visit to Washington State (Dec. 9) and has three more scheduled for January.

Bolden, ranked No. 15 by Scout.com as a cornerback, favors Washington slightly over Oregon State and says that the Huskies and Beavers lead solidly over UTEP, Nebraska and Washington State. All of his favorites have offered.

He visits Nebraska on Jan. 12 and says he's excited to learn more about the Huskers. "I don't really know too much about them," Bolden said. "They are recruiting me for strong safety and I really like their defense. They also had a pretty good season and are just starting to get better. They should be even better next year."

The week after he gets back from Lincoln he heads north to Oregon State. The Beavers are recruiting him for cornerback. "I really like their offense and defense," Bolden said. "They are a balanced team and they seem to be on the rise. They had some good wins this year. I'm excited to go up there and learn more about them."

Bolden's final visit is on Jan. 26 to Washington. The Huskies are recruiting him as an athlete. "I like everything that I've heard about them so far," Bolden said. "The environment is supposed to be really nice and they apparently have great academic facilities and support for student athletes.

"I've talked with their running back coach (Trent Miles) a lot and he's had a great history of coaching top running backs," Bolden said. "He's coached LaDainian Tomlinson (San Diego Chargers running back) and that's really impressive."

Although he prefers playing offense, most schools list Bolden as an athlete or cornerback. "I prefer playing running back because I want to touch the rock."

Bolden finished his senior season (12-2) with 2003 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns. He had over 2500 total offensive yards. Defensively, he had 80 tackles, two blocked punts and one interception.

"I'd really like the opportunity to come in and play right away," Bolden said. "All of my favorites said that I'd be able to play early."

He reports a 2.5 core GPA and is awaiting his Dec. 2 SAT results.



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