Cats on Top for 'Golden' State Standout

Now that spring practices have concluded it is time for the recruiting trail to truly heat up. This is the time of year when college coaches truly earn their recruiting stripes as they hit the road and visit high schools and junior colleges around their recruiting areas to continue to evaluate the best talent.

One of the best cornerbacks in the nation is Fresno (CA) Edison High School standout Robert Golden. Golden was in Tucson for the Wildcats' spring game and Golden says that Arizona is going to be hard to beat.

"Everything was great," he said. "I really liked everything that I was able to see. The stadium and all of the facilities are great and I really liked getting to talk to some of the players and coaches and everything. When I was there Coach (Mike) Stoops told me that I have a chance to go in and battle for Antoine's (Cason) spot. Antoine and Wilrey (Fontenot) both have played since their freshmen year so I know that if you are good enough and earn it then you can play right away for Coach Stoops."

Being from Fresno, Golden is being recruited by Arizona's ace recruiter in Associate Head Coach and Linebackers Coach Tim Kish. According to Robert the two have hit it off and get along very well.

"Coach Kish has been recruiting me all along," he said. "He was recruiting my friend Courtney Viney last year and he noticed me and we have been texting each other a lot ever since. Then he offered me and I have been really interested in Arizona ever since. Coach Kish is a great guy and I know that I can trust him."

Trust could be a very big issue for Golden as his recruitment transpires. He said that he can tell that some coaches just say things to try and get you to go to their school but he also said that he knows he can trust some coaches.

"Sometimes you get kind of a feeling that a coach doesn't really mean what he says," commented Golden. "With Coach Kish I know he is honest and that I can trust him. He has always been honest with me. When I was visiting Arizona I got the same feeling about the whole staff. I feel that all of the Arizona coaches are very trustworthy and I know they are all good coaches too."

Golden got some recent good news as he was notified that he was nominated for selection to the Army All American Game. He attended the Army All American Combine and he thinks that is where things really started to happen for him.

"I went to the Army combine and I did well," he said. "After that I started getting a lot more attention and now they said that I was nominated for the game and I am proud to be nominated because it means a lot to me. I am very excited."

Academically Robert says that he wants to major in Business and while he was in Tucson he got a chance to check out the Eller College of Business and he came away impressed.

"I know Arizona has a very good Business school," he remarked. "That is what I want to major in and their school is very good. I know that I would get a very good education at Arizona and that is another reason they are my favorite."

Speaking of favorites, Golden went on to say that he does have a top five and he also reiterated that the Cats are at the top of the list.

"Yes Arizona is my favorite," he said. "I have Arizona at the top and I also like Oregon State (offer), Florida (no offer), UCLA (offer) and USC (no offer). I am pretty open to all schools because I want to take my time and go through the process for a while and I don't really know when I want to make a final decision yet."

On the field Golden has many solid physical attributes but the one that he thinks is his bet is probably what makes him perfect for defensive play in the Pac-10 Conference.

My bumping is my best attribute I think," Golden said with confidence. "I think everyone has trouble beating my jams and I love playing tight man and jamming at the line. I love playing man and going one on one with the receivers."

Stick with for the latest on Golden and all of the Wildcats' top targets as the recruiting trail starts to heat up.

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