June 11, 2006

A star is born

A star was born at yesterday's USC camp (June 10th). Just by the looks of this athlete you could see he had star presence. USC head coach Pete Carroll and his assistants had an eye on this young man the moment he arrived at the camp.

The player who opened everyone eyes in attendance was running back/cornerback Omar Bolden (5-11, 187, 4.4) from Ontario (Calif.) The Colony.

Bolden is being recruited as an athlete and at yesterday's camp he certainly lived up to his reputation.

According to Bolden yesterday was the first time he has ever lined up at corner. He played running back and linebacker as a junior, but he took to the cornerback position like a Duck takes to water.

During the seven-on-seven drills he took on all comers, battled them and won.

The play of the camp involved Bolden and five-start athlete prospect Joe McKnight (5-11, 180, 4.6) from River Ridge (La.) John Curtis.

McKnight was having a stellar camp and was getting oohs and awes all day long.

The talented athlete caught a swing pass and was trying to move the football up field. It wasn't clear at this point if McKnight was trying to make a move on Bolden or he tried to run him over.

What was clear was there was a huge collision and during the violence Bolden stripped McKnight of the football much to the delight of the USC coaching staff and the fans on hand.

Washington and UTEP are ahead of the recruiting curve and have offered Bolden.

Bolden received phone calls from USC, Washington and ASU this past spring evaluation period.

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