It's nice to feel wanted, and Bubba Bolden certainly feels wanted by the football coaches at Colorado.

Earlier this week, the four-star safety prospect announced on Twitter that he plans to take an official visit to CU, despite being verbally committed to Southern California.

"Before they even offered me, they talked to me a lot," Bolden said of the CU coaches. "They started building up the relationship with me early. They never stopped recruiting me. They never gave up on me. I feel comfortable with their coaches, and I feel like that can be a good fit for me."

Bolden would certainly fit into CU's future plans. A senior at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Bolden is a 6-foot-3, 183-pound safety with great instincts for making plays against the run or pass.

CU will lose standout safety Tedric Thompson to graduation after this season, just in time to add a major talent like Bolden.

He said he hasn't decided when he will take his official visit, but it could be the weekend of Oct. 15, when the Buffs host Arizona State. Bolden said he'll visit Boulder on an unofficial visit soon.

"I'm planning on going sometime this summer in the next two or three weeks," he said.

Bolden isn't the only prospect in Las Vegas, or at Bishop Gorman, considering the Buffs. Bishop Gorman is loaded with top-notch recruits and Bolden said he and several teammates have talked about playing at CU. Bolden specifically mentioned four-star quarterback Tate Martell, four-star defensive back Alex Perry and DB recruits Malik Hausman and Greg Francis as teammates interested in CU.


"We've discussed going there and taking our visit there and possibly actually going there for college," Bolden said.

CU's lack of success over the past decade doesn't faze Bolden, he said.

"It's not even about if they're good or not, because we can always come in and make a big impact and change the program around," he said. "That's what we talk about. We just talk about how we can come in and make an impact on the team and try to do something big."

For now, CU is making an impression on Bolden.

"Honestly, it's the coaches," he said. "They're real with me. I talk to all their coaches, offense and defense. I talk to all of them. They've come out at least four or five times. That's showing love right there."

Bolden said he is considering taking official visits to UCLA and Tennessee. He's interested in Arizona State and USC, as well, but has seen both campuses a lot and he doesn't know if he'll use official visits for those schools.

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