USC lost one of their key recruits for the 2017 class on Thursday, as four-star safety Bubba Bolden decommitted.
Bolden was the first player to commit to the Trojans after the full-time appointment of Clay Helton in early December, and now becomes a big departure.
The safety from Bishop Gormon in Las Vegas told Scout that he’s still planning to consider USC in his recruitment, but Arizona State looms as a potential team to beat.
The Sun Devils and Trojans share a 50-50 split in the 247Sports crystal ball projections as of Friday morning.
Bolden was one of just two Trojan commits to be invited to Nike’s The Opening earlier this month, along with highly touted five-star running back Stephen Carr.
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In a lot of ways, the tandem had been the crown jewels of the class, given how many three-star recruits the Trojans have lined up.
Without Bolden and only Carr headlining the bunch, the average star rating of the nine-man class sits at 3.33, and ranks 37th overall in the 247Sports Composite.
There’s still plenty of time until Signing Day, as USC will be looking to fill out their remaining 14 scholarships of the 2017 recruiting class.