Robert Golden, the Edison High School cornerback from Fresno (Calif.), says he is looking to play early for a team that has good chemistry.
The 5-foot-10, 181-pounder says he favors Arizona (offer), Minnesota (offer), Oregon State, California, USC and Florida—in no particular order. He says his other offers are from Michigan, Washington, Nevada and San Diego State.
“A big thing for me is depth,” said Golden, who had 74 tackles, four interceptions and ten deflections last season. “I want to go somewhere that I’ll have a chance to play sooner rather than later. It won’t take me that long to decide though. I’m going to take my officials and then commit sometime during the season.
“I really like Arizona,” he said. “I like how their secondary and defense plays. They had two starting corners go last year, so I know I’d get a chance to compete for a starting spot right away. They offered a long time ago, early last year sometime. I’ve talked to Coach (Mike) Stoops, but mostly I talk to Coach (Tim) Kish. We are in contact pretty much everyday.
“I’m going to Arizona’s spring practice on April 4. I haven’t been to the campus yet so my plan is to go and just get a feeling for the place and have a good time. I’ve studied their program quite a bit, so I’m more concerned with seeing what kind of chemistry they have.
“I really like Oregon State because I’ve noticed how their corners run a straight press and that is my specialty,” Golden said. “I love the straight press. I know I could really utilize all my skills at Oregon State. The depth looks pretty good right now too. I’m pretty sure they have just one quality cornerback there right now and there’s a lot of opportunity for me to start early there.
“They haven’t offered yet, but I know one’s coming soon. I’ve met Coach (Nigel) Burton and we talk on a regular basis. I'm going to camp up there in June and will probably take one of my officials there this during the season.
Golden thinks his next offer will be coming from the Bears. “I really like Cal. The team is strong and the coaches are really cool. There are three cornerbacks from my school that play up there and they tell me all the time how great a school it is. I know a lot about Cal because I went to three or four games last year.
"Coach (Todd) Littlejohn and I are really tight. He’s a really cool guy. I talk to him almost every day too. I think it would be cool playing with my boys, but at the same time having another Edison cornerback up there might be one too many. I know I’ll be getting an offer from them soon--probably my next offer.”
“USC…that’s a good school,” he said. “I really respect all the coaches there. They play a lot of freshman, which I like because it’s not how long you’ve been there, it’s how good you are that gets you a spot. I went to their first junior day about a month ago and got a good feel for the school. I’m going again April 1.
“Coach (Rocky) Seto texts me a lot. I really like his style. He told me to expect to see an offer in May because that’s when they’re going to step up my recruiting. I know they are pretty deep at back. They just got Ronald Johnson this year and a couple of other pretty good guys, but like I said, the thing about USC is that they’re all about competing. They'll give me a chance to let me shine and I have no doubt that I could win a starting spot—all I need is one chance!
Golden says he really wants to play in the Pac-10, but remains interested in Minnesota and Florida. “Minnesota offered me a while ago. They are recruiting me real hard, showing me a lot of love. Coach (Tim) Brewster calls and texts me a lot which is pretty cool. I talk with Coach (Ronnie) Lee all the time too. They tell me they want me to come out and be their main corner—the blitz corner. I’m going to take an official (visit) there this summer for sure.
“I just hooked up with Florida in February,” he said. “I’m getting stuff from them all the time. Coach (Chuck) Heater has spoken with me a few times, telling me that they are really interested in me and want me to come out for a visit. I’m going out there for sure—probably in May.
“I have a good feeling they’re going to offer. I just sent them some more tape. The way Coach Heater’s talking, I think they’re getting real close to sending me a written offer. I don’t know much about the Gators yet, I’m planning on doing some research. But, if I do get an offer, they will definitely move up on my list. It’s something I’ll have to really think about.
Golden, who benches 250 pounds and power cleans 185 pounds, says that his energy is his strong point. “I am so pumped up all the time. I bring a lot of strength to the team. I’m really intense and it psyches out the other team. I tend to cause a lot of turnovers that way.
“I want to improve my jamming technique and staying square more. I need to plant myself a little better. In college everything is quicker and you have to learn how to change your feet and get up on that speed.” He claims to run a 4.5 forty.
Golden reports a 3.3 core GPA. He plans on taking his ACT in May.