Golden Shines At Auburn Camp

Wetumpka's Jamal Golden talks about his performance at Auburn's Senior Camp on Saturday.

Wetumpka, Ala.--One of the top athletes in Alabama for the 2011 football recruiting class visited Auburn on Saturday for the Senior Mini-Camp and impressed with his performance.

Ultra-quick Jamal Golden is the quarterback for the Indians, but it likely a defensive back on the next level. That's the position he competed at on Saturday and he said the camp experience went very well for him.

"It went pretty good," Golden tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was kind of hot outside. For my first time going back to defense I think I did pretty good. I ran well and kept up with everybody. I think I did good enough to catch some people's eyes."

Measuring in at 5-10 1/2, 175, Golden was impressive in the testing portion of the camp as he ran a 4.55 40-yard dash and had a 31-inch vertical leap. It was in the short shuttle that he showed what kind of player he has the potential to be though. Designed to test quickness and change of direction, Golden put up times of 4.12 and 4.16 seconds. That along with his performance in drills was enough for the Auburn coaches to take notice.

"I met with Coach (Tommy) Thigpen and Coach Trooper Taylor," Golden says. "They told me they like what they see in me. I'm real interested in Auburn right now.

"Coach Thigpen told me I was in line for an offer and every time they had a recruiting meeting my name came up. He said they might offer me but he didn't know when. That made me feel pretty good to know a big school is watching me. I'm just going to stay humble and keep performing."

Golden noticed the coaches as well. Taking visits gives players a chance to see how the coaching staff reacts and responds to players. Golden said from what he saw he likes the two coaches he spent most of his time with.

"Coach Trooper is wild," Golden says. "It's fun to be around somebody like that, coaches that aren't always uptight and on you. They like to have fun. Coach Thigpen is real cool and laid back. The big thing is they don't really yell at you when you mess up. They tell you when you did wrong but they don't jump down your throat when you make a mistake."

A visitor several times for football games at Auburn, Golden says Saturday gave him an opportunity to see a different side of Auburn and he liked what he saw.

"It was pretty exciting," Golden notes. "It was my first time touring the whole campus. I've always just been in Jordan-Hare Stadium. I actually got to tour the facilities and the weight room. It was a good sight."

Still waiting for that offer from the Tigers, Golden says even without one he's still high on Auburn at the moment with his second favorite also coming from within the state.

"They are in the top two for me," Golden says. "The other one would probably be either Alabama or Troy. I have offers from Memphis, Southern Miss, Arkansas State and Illinois.

"I'm going to take my time with it," Golden adds. "I don't want to make a decision real early because I want to let all my offers come in before I make my choice."


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