Though three of his high school teammates will play at Ohio State, Las Vegas, Nevada, Bishop Gorman four-star safety Bubba Bolden committed to USC this afternoon at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Bolden is considered the sixth-best safety and the No. 55 prospect overall in the Class of 2017. He was once committed to the Trojans, but reopened his recruitment in July because he felt he rushed the process the first time through.
Ohio State, which offered Bolden in September, became an attractive destination with Tate Martell, Tyjon Lindsey and Haskell Garrett in the fold. So much so that many believed he would commit to the Buckeyes during his official visit in November.
Once he left Columbus, though, things began to trend in a different direction.
USC reeled off nine-consecutive wins and capped a turnaround season with a Rose Bowl victory over Penn State. Bolden has been a fan of the Trojans his entire life, and the program's resurgence was simply too much for the Buckeyes to overcome.