Around midnight on the East Cost on Wednesday night, Miami football and new coach Manny Diaz landed a significant addition. Former 4-star safety Bubba Bolden, a top-75 prospect in the 2016 class, will transfer from USC to Miami.
According to reports, Bolden is currently enrolled at a junior college; after he graduates this spring, he will have three years of eligibility at Miami.
— B. BOLD (@BubbBolden) January 10, 2019
In a reserve role during the 2017 season, Bolden recorded eight tackles for Southern Cal; he was slated to start in the defensive backfield during the 2018 campaign. However, Bolden left the program, which he admitted was due to a violation of the student conduct code.
— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) January 10, 2019
Despite his ties to California, Bolden has a connection with Miami, too. He played his prep ball for Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman; while at that school, he played ball with current Miami tight end Brevin Jordan.
Jordan, of course, is coming off an outstanding freshman season in 2018, when he was one of the few bright spots on a slumping Miami offense. A second team All-ACC selection, Jordan snagged 32 receptions in 12 games — second most on the roster and tied for the most amongst ACC tight ends. His 32 catches went for 287 yards (9 yards per reception) and four touchdowns.
Also of note: Miami has two guys named Bubba on its football roster.