Golden Decides on Penn State ...Again

The coaching change made Cheshire (Conn.) Academy athlete Malik Golden look at Iowa and Connecticut after originally committing to Penn State, but after Bill O'Brien was hired he went back to the Nittany Lions and gave a non-binding oral commitment today, and has the reasons why.

Penn State's fortunes seemed to have turned as it heads into another official visit weekend.

Building off the momentum of Valley View High (Archbald, Pa.) linebacker Nyeem Wartman re-affirming his commitment Thursday night, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy athlete Malik Golden confirmed his re-committed to the Nittany Lions this morning.

"Yeah, I did it," he said.

Golden made the decision after visiting Penn State last weekend.

"I think he went through a big process to commit to Penn Stat the first time and it was the right place because of the location, the type of school, the type of program in an overall sense," Cheshire Academy Dan O'Dea said. "He started to waiver because they had no coach and you didn't know which direction they were going to go. I think he felt reassured with the new coaching staff that it was the right place. I know it was very, very difficult."

Golden also visited Iowa and Connecticut, but a big part of staying with Penn State was the vibe he felt from coach Bill O'Brien and the staff he put together.

"I think it was a little more than just coach O'Brien," O'Dea said. "I think it was the whole coaching staff ...just re-iterating which way they were going forward.

"His official visit was different than his other visits (to Penn State). The academic side is presented more, and the depth of the program is presented more. I think that re-iterated his choice."

As for on the field, it remains unsettled whether he will play in the secondary or with the receiving corps.

He had 43 receptions for 815 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed 32 times for 246 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. Defensively, he made 22 tackles, had seven interceptions and nine pass breakups.

"I don't think it matters for Malik," O'Dea said. "I think that coach O'Brien will want to have some of the more athletic kids to be available as offensive players."

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