Iowa Offers '12 CT Athlete

Malik Golden's recruitment got off to a steady start, but the 2012 Connecticut athlete's stock is on the rise. He landed an offer from Iowa this week and will be camping with the Hawkeyes and other BCS schools. Get the latest on Golden in this HI update.

Sometimes it's not what you can do, it's who knows what you can do. Such is the case for some football recruits in certain parts of the country.

"When you come from Connecticut and New England, there's a rep that you don't play against a lot of good competition," 2012 Athlete Malik Golden said. "It's tough to get the word out sometimes. (College coaches) want to see what you can do at their camps."

Given that blue print, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Cheshire (Conn.) Academy product is heading out on a tour of college campuses this summer.

"(Recruiting) has been really productive so far," Golden said. "It's starting to heat up, as they say. There seems to be more interest. I'll be going out to a lot of camps to show them what I can do."

Golden has scheduled a visit to camp Iowa on June 17th. The Hawkeyes offered him a scholarship on Monday.

"My school holds workouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May," Golden said. "Iowa came out and liked what they saw. After that, we have been calling each other and then they offered."

Offensive Coordinator Ken O'Keefe is leading the recruitment of Golden with Wide Receivers Coach Erik Campbell assisting.

"They're looking at me as a wide receiver, a slot, something on offense," Golden said. "It ranges from tailback to wide receiver to cornerback to safety with the schools looking at me. I think we would talk about it if I chose Iowa.

"It really doesn't matter to me where I play. If I can help the team, I'm willing to play anywhere."

Golden also holds offers from Central Connecticut, Bryant, Tulane, Towson, Central Michigan, Akron and Stoney Brook. He will camp at Syracuse on Friday, Connecticut on Monday, Iowa next week, and Penn State, Boston College and Rutgers to close out June.

"That's it for this month," he said. "I'd like to get out to some camps in July, too, if I can work it out."

Golden hopes his versatility will sway more BCS schools into offering him scholarships.

"I can catch it, run out of the backfield, line up in the slot and have great closing speed and length to help me play corner or safety on defense," he said.

Golden would like to make his college choice before his senior season at Cheshire begins.

"But I don't want to rush anything," he said. "I only want to commit somewhere when I truly feel like that's the place for me. I know they talk about the four-year plan in college. Well, I'm interested in the 40-year plan so academics are a big deal. I want to go somewhere where I'd want to be even if I wasn't playing football."


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