'13 Intro: DT Isaiah Golden

Isaiah Golden, the junior defensive tackle from Elysian Fields (Tx.) High School, is on track to be one of the most highly-recruited prospects in the nation. Read further to learn more about the 300-pounder, who combines great size with sub-4.9 speed...

It's almost unfair for opponents of Elysian Fields when Isaiah Golden takes the field. Last year, Golden played at 6-foot-1 and 290 pounds, and he played at a high level, recording nearly 80 tackles with 14 TFL and eight sacks through 10 games.

And he also spent time at running back. With 4.86 speed, Golden was a sight to see when he carried the football for the Yellow Jackets.

"I think I scored four touchdowns," said Golden. "Growing up, all I did was run the football when we played in the backyard. I guess you could say my speed comes natural. I try to be light on my feet.

"On defense, I like to get after people. I enjoy the feeling of hitting someone. I want to get the guy who has the football, and I like to set up big hits.

"On offense, it was fun when the coaches gave me the opportunity to run the ball, but I'm not sure if I'll be doing that this year. I'm going to be playing offensive line - probably at guard."

Golden has gone through a significant growth spurt since the end of last season.

"I'm now 6-foot-3 and 1/2 and 311 pounds," he said. "I've been working out all summer. My bench press is up to 350 pounds. On squats, I do three sets of eight reps with 405 pounds."

What's happening with Golden's recruitment?

"I'm just sitting back and waiting to see what all happens," he said. "I like LSU. They're close (Elysian Fields is located just west of the Louisiana state line). "I've always watched LSU. I plan to visit there as much as possible in the future.

"I also like TCU and Oklahoma. My coaches have been contacted by TCU, Baylor and Texas A&M."

What are Golden's goals for the 2011 season?

"Playoffs," he emphatically stated. "We missed the playoffs by three points last year. We're looking pretty good. We only had three players graduate from last year's team."

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