Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville safety De'van Bogard committed to Ohio State less than a month after Jim Tressel stepped down and has stayed strong with that commitment since, but with just a few weeks left until National Signing Day the four-star prospect is officially visiting a Pac-12 program.
"I'm taking an official visit to USC this weekend," Bogard said. "I'm pretty excited just for a new experience and to travel outside of Ohio. I've been to a lot of places, but never been to California before so it should be fun."
Bogard is still close with USC freshman offensive lineman Aundrey Walker, whom he played alongside at Glenville during the 2010 season. He expects to meet up with Walker when he flies out to California on Friday.
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"That's my guy," Bogard said of Walker. "Somebody else is going to host me, but I will be around him."
The trip to USC does not signal anything amiss concerning Bogard's relationship with the Ohio State staff. He has had a chance to get to know new head coach Urban Meyer and is fond of the Buckeye's head man.
"I love Coach Meyer," Bogard said. "We've talked and he is a great coach."
Bogard took his official visit to Ohio State the weekend of Dec. 9 when the Buckeyes hosted a majority of their top targets. He has not taken any other official visits since and is not sure if any more will be taken once he completes his trip to USC.
"I don't know for sure, but USC will probably be the last one," Bogard said.
The 5-11, 172-pound Bogard is the No. 14 ranked safety prospect in the country. He played middle linebacker this past fall for Glenville and recorded 91 tackles, two interceptions, four sacks, three forced fumbles, two touchdown receptions, and a blocked punt.