From the beginning, Bolden wanted to go to USC. If the Trojans would have made a scholarship offer, Bolden would have accepted it. But USC told Bolden it would only make an offer if he worked hard in the classroom and improved his grades. So Bolden went to work, devoted himself to academics throughout Colony’s CIF championship run and raised his GPA to a 3.0. Bolden figured USC would certainly make a scholarship offer at that point. But the Trojans kept stringing him along, and told him they wanted to see the results of a couple more of his classes. “I was doing what I had to do, and the schools didn’t come through with what they said they were going to,” Bolden said. “I was waiting on SC forever. That’s where I wanted to go. The whole thing hurt Bolden, who earned CIF football player of the year honors at Colony. Now he wants to hurt USC. That was a big factor in Bolden’s college commitment to Arizona State, which he made public on Wednesday when he signed a National Letter of Intent. To hear Omar Bolden tell it, the recruiting process with USC was one full of disappointment and frustration. It was like asking a girl to the dance, only to have her string him along until he finally got tired and moved on to someone else. “It was getting ridiculous. It got to the point where I wanted to hurt them.” To Bolden, USC’s words were sounding hollow. When they would call and text-message him, they would speak of an impending offer – but it never came. Finally, he called the coaches and told them he was canceling his official visit to the school. Only then did the Trojans scramble to come up with a scholarship offer. They made their pitch and Bolden took a visit to the school, but his mind was already made up. Of all his visits, Bolden was most impressed by Arizona State. He loved the facilities (especially the weight room) and was thrilled with the food. Playing for new coach Dennis Erickson was an attractive proposition, and Bolden knew he’d see more playing time at ASU than at USC – although he was careful to emphasize that he’s not afraid of competition. “Let me put it to you this way – (the Sun Devils’) backup corner is their starting receiver,” Bolden said. “And that’s not because they’re short on corners, that’s just their next-best player.” Bolden knew his 4.3 speed and athleticism would make him a standout at ASU, whereas he might have to be a bit more patient at USC. But what about those who would say playing for the Trojans was a no-brainer? After all, USC did eventually come up with an offer. “That’s people on the outside looking in,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!