A Golden Opportunity For Talented Junior

Wetumpka three sport star Jamal Golden talks about his basketball season, football recruiting and more.

Wetumpka, Ala.--After coming up just short in an attempt to upset Auburn High in football last fall, Wetumpka did just that Monday night in basketball as the Indians won the region championship and will be hosting a playoff game against Sidney Lanier on Friday night.

It's not surprising that at the center of Wetumpka's success was guard Jamal Golden. An exceptional quarterback for the Indians in football, Golden made several big plays down the stretch in the huge win for his team heading into the playoffs including a tip-in with just seconds remaining to seal the win.

"It's real big for us," Golden tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's a hard place to go and win. Their fans are great. You have to take the pressure and eat it up. It's going to be there every game. You can't worry about it. You just have to take it and play with it.

"I was just trying to help my team out," he adds. "I never feel like I'm the best player on the team or anything. I just try to do whatever my team needs me to do for the win."

It's that same attitude that has made Golden one of the top football prospects in Alabama for the 2010 class. As a playmaker at quarterback for the Indians last season, the 6-0, 183 Golden led his team to a 7-5 season and just missed upsetting top-ranked Auburn on the road in the second round of the playoffs thanks to his ability to run and throw from the spread offense.

A two-year starter at quarterback after playing some as a freshman, Golden says that while he can run well (4.52 40-yard dash) his best attribute is his knowledge of what's going on around him.

"I think my biggest attribute is thinking on my feet," Golden says. "That's what I think I'm the best at. At the quarterback position you have to think. You have to know everything."

In addition to football and basketball, Golden is also a standout on the baseball diamond. A cousin of standout baseball prospect Reggie Golden, Jamal says that he likes the sport as well but knows his future is likely on the football field.

"I'm kind of torn between football and baseball," Golden says. "I'm pretty good at both of them. I just like them. Baseball is my favorite sport and I'm pretty good at football."

It's his play in football that has several schools already showing interest in Golden for next year. Likely a wide receiver on the next level because of his ability to make plays with the ball in his hands, Golden says currently he has a few favorites and its still waiting on his first offer.

"The coaches haven't really told me about offers or anything," Golden says. "I've been on a lot of visits to Alabama. I haven't been to Auburn yet. I have been to Troy and I have been to South Alabama. I'm interested in all those schools."


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