The recruitment of Ontario (Calif.) Colony cornerback Omar Bolden (5-11, 195) has taken plenty of twists and turns and what looked like a two-team race heading into the weekend had now turned into three schools posturing for the four-star prospect’s services.
“He’s got two for-sure schools in it with Arizona State and Oregon State,” said John Brown, adviser to Bolden. “And USC is going to be the third school in it.”
USC has always been in Bolden’s thoughts but it wasn’t until last week that they turned it up in his recruitment.
“They wanted him to take a trip, but he said he didn’t want to take it unless he had an offer. USC came to the house on Thursday and spoke with him and I don’t think a trip was even brought up. They had told him that they didn’t have a scholarship yet, but they may have one on Sunday, they may have one on Signing Day or they may have one after Signing Day. He still wasn’t planning on taking the trip because they didn’t offer him,” said Brown.
But that changed on Friday when Pete Carroll called with an offer after an interesting sequence of events.
“The coaches called him and said they had a car for him at the house for him to take for his trip but he didn’t take it. He went to the school after working out and Pete Carroll gets Omar on the phone and offers him a scholarship and tells him to sleep on it and let us know tomorrow (Saturday),” said Brown.
Saturday came and one of Bolden’s friends, Norco linebacker and USC commit Jordan Campbell took Bolden to the USC-Oregon basketball game. What turned into a trip to the game became an official visit for Bolden.
“It went very well for him and I know he’s always liked USC,” said Brown. “They gave him the stuff he needs for the LOI and explained it to him. He’s not taking any phone calls until then. I told him he needs to call the coaches before he announces on Wednesday but some of them have press conferences themselves.”
Bolden will actually be one of the last players in the country to make an announcement on Wednesday night. He’ll announce on FSN’s High School Spotlight on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
“A couple of other schools called this weekend trying to get in, but that’s pretty much it right there, he’s down to Arizona State, Oregon State and USC,” said Brown.