Measuring out at 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds with a 5.3 forty time, Golden has caught the eye of several programs in and around the state. Georgia Tech, NC State, North Carolina, Texas A&M, and Illinois are all following him closely along with the Blue Devils though none have yet extended an offer. However, the Duke visits and recruiting efforts have left an impression.
"The campus was beautiful, and the practice field was great. The stadium was a little bit of a downfall, but they are starting to remodel it to make it bigger and more modern."
"I really think the coaching staff is fantastic. They are definitely making the necessary changes to make positive impacts. They are changing the results and the mindset of Duke football and I look for them to be near the top of the ACC soon."
That's certainly something many recruits are saying these days, but few elaborate on why. Golden explains:
"Just in talking with the coaches I can really see how dedicated they are to the team and the program and they are really focusing on developing the players they have and bringing in better players. I talk to Coach Luke the most and he's told me how important it is for him to not only make me a good football player, but also a good man in the process. I have also talked to Coach Cutcliffe and you can tell he demands a lot of his players."
So, in a nutshell, what is the overall recruiting pitch Golden gets from the Duke coaching staff?
"They are selling me on being one of their big in-state lineman recruits, but they still haven't sent me an offer. Whomever offers first…that's going to be a big thing for me. I've talked to Coach Luke recently, so hopefully I'll get that first offer."
Golden says the three factors that will ultimately lead him toward a college will be an opportunity to play early on in his career, the location, and the educational opportunities.
He describes himself as being "quick off the ball and having very good footwork. I play low to the ground and I'm a very smart player. I'm strong at the point of attack. I try to be a leader and work hard every day. I do need to work on developing more of a mean streak and being more violent with my hands."