Late- Bloomer Interested in Terps

Self-described late bloomer, defensive tackle Monte Golden has been garnering a lot of interest.

Monte Golden, a 6'2”, 292-pound defensive tackle from Northside High School in Jacksonville, NC, describes himself as a late-bloomer. The Class of 2011 recruit believes that it was his junior season in the fall that has gotten him noticed around the country as a potential force in the trenches at the collegiate level.

“I was a late-bloomer,” said Golden. “In my sophomore year, I did well. In my junior better, I performed on a little higher level that surprised everybody.”

That surprise has garnered schools like Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA, Alabama, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Clemson, Duke, Wake Forest, Illinois, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Kansas, Virginia, and Maryland to begin recruiting Golden. While Golden does not have an offer yet, he does expect at least one to come soon.

“Everybody that I've talked to, they've said my offers will come at the end of this month,” Golden said. “That way the coaches can actually come out to my school and talk to me, but as of right now, all the coaches seem very interested in me because they want me to come to their camp so they offer me. “

One of the schools Golden would like an offer from is the University of Maryland. Golden knows that Maryland offers a quality education, and the Terps are particularly strong in a couple of areas that Golden has interest in majoring in.

“I know Maryland is a good school academically. They have a good engineering program, which is one thing I want to major in,” Golden said. “My backup major is business, and they have a business program. Another thing I like about Maryland is that if they don't have the program that you would like, you can actually create your own program. That's a plus, too.”

Maryland defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo has been in contact with Golden, trying to lure him to Maryland. Golden is very impressed with the way Sollazzo and the other Terp coaches run practice and believes that in addition to a good academic education, he can obtain a good football education in College Park.

“I watched their practice and they work on having a low technique, shoulder placement for how to get through, and gaps, and everything. Just from watching, I knew that if I went there (Maryland), I would definitely get top-notch coaching,” said Golden. “Just to think about playing under anybody like that, that's a great thing to think about because you know that it's going to be an experience of a lifetime.”

As he awaits some offers, the late-blooming Golden is working hard for his senior season. His goal for the offseason is to train with his father in the weight room to pack even more muscle onto his 292-pound frame. Golden wants to build on the success that got him noticed during his junior season and continue to blossom into a force along the defensive line.

“We go to the weight room and work on drills and everything,” Golden said. “I'm going to try to retain my weight and build muscle onto that so by the time next year rolls around, I'll be a man amongst boys.”

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