Jacksonville (NC) Northside offensive lineman Monte Golden recently received his first offer of the recruiting process and it has taken a huge load off his shoulders.
Granted, Tennessee-Martin may not have been at the top of Golden's wish list, but a start is a start. The 6-2, 298-pound prospect is widely regarded as one of the top pure center prospects in the Class of 2011, and that offer assures him that he will have the opportunity to play college football somewhere. Offers often come in bunches, so the floodgates might open once word gets out that UT-Martin has pulled the trigger on an offer.
"It was a total surprise," an ecstatic Golden said, reporting that he received news of the verbal offer on Wednesday. "It's a verbal offer and they're going to send the real one through the mail. They called me and told me they have some good news. They said I've got my first offer. I'm just like, 'Wow.' I'm very excited."
Golden said he has not visited the FCS school before but he wants to get out to one of their home games before the end of the season now that they have offered.
Some of the other schools that have been showing interest in Golden are NC State, LSU, Maryland and Duke, among others. Coaches have put out good signals that indicate they might be interested in offering down the road, and Golden is keeping the lines of communication open with as many schools as possible in the hopes that more offers come through.
NC State is one of the schools Golden is most familiar with because he has been to multiple games at Carter-Finley Stadium the past few years, most recently for the Pack's narrow loss to Virginia Tech a couple of weeks back.
"It was a tough loss but I had a good time," Golden recalled. "I've been in contact with them on a pretty regular basis. I talked to the coaches before the game but we actually had to leave early to get back to town. Before the game we all went to go eat and we saw the coaches and talked to them then. I didn't get to after the game.
"The atmosphere was crazy. That was probably the loudest I've ever heard it get at State. I've gone to some of their other games in recent years and the atmosphere was just great."
Though he hasn't received an offer from the Pack and isn't sure if he will NC State is a school Golden is very interested in. For now, though, he just seems to be grateful for that first offer and he wants to dwell on that for a while.
"I am interested in the State but right now I'm just real happy I actually got my first offer," he said. "State is a school I can see myself going to but I don't have an offer from them now. I'm just ecstatic that God did bless me with this offer. They (State) have not told me where they stand on me. The most they've ever said is that they're interested in me. They have definitely shown interest by inviting me to their games but I'm not sure what exactly they're thinking.
"I've been in contact with them on a pretty regular basis. Me and coach Petercuskie have a pretty good connection. I talk to him a good amount. We don't talk so much on the phone but we do communicate."
Golden said the UT-Martin coaches found out about him after his performance at the LSU camp, which he attended and performed well at.
Editor's Note- Since this interview was conducted, Golden also landed an offer from Memphis.
Golden Lands First Two Offers
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