Another safety is apparently on the way out. Sophomore safety Bubba Bolden is no longer enrolled at USC per the school. The news came out when the school released their notes for the Colorado game on Sunday afternoon. Report came from Chris Trevino of uscfootball.com
Bolden won the starting safety job back in late August following spring camp, however the same week USC head coach Clay Helton announced to the media that Bubba Bolden would not play the season opener against UNLV due to a “personal matter”. With very little updates week to week no official reason or news was given about the matter.
Bolden was a 4 star recruit out of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rated as the No. 7 safety in the nation and 59th overall per 247 Sports composite, Bolden committed to the Trojans over Arizona State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame back on signing day of 2017. During his freshman year, he played mainly on special teams and had a total of 8 tackles in 13 games.
There was hope that Bolden would return to USC due to his post on Instagram, however anything USC related was deleted the following day which gave signs that the sophomore safety will no longer be with the Trojans.
Bolden’s departure hurts USC depth at safety. Senior safety Ykili Ross transferred out of USC back in August which led to Bolden winning the starting job. Redshirt freshman Isaiah Pola-Mao took over the starting duties for two weeks until a shoulder injury against Stanford ended his season. redshirt sophomore CJ Pollard and freshman Talanoa Hafunga rotated at safety opposite of senior Marvell Tell. Hafaunga took the starting job following two impressive performances against Washington State and Arizona.