For Apex offensive lineman Mike Golder, his dream is much like that of every rising high school senior playing football. While he prepares for his upcoming season he can't help but think about the potential to take his game to the next level.
"Playing college football has been a dream of mine ever since I was seven years old and big enough to throw a football," Golder recently told Pack Pride. "That's been a lifelong goal of mine."
That dream took a serious detour last January when Golder suffered a major knee injury. However, the rising senior has been on the fast track to recovery and is nearly back to 100%, way ahead of what the doctors expected.
"I tore my ACL back in January and had it reconstructed in February," said Golder. "I should be good to go by the time we start practice on August 1st. The doctors told me it usually takes six to nine months to recover but I was able to do it in five."
At 6-4, 290 pounds and boasting 5.15-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Golder's recovery will be paramount to his recruiting in 2006. Although he's yet to earn a scholarship offer, the schools that are recruiting him have said they want to watch tape of his return to action next fall. Golder updated us on the schools that have laid the early groundwork with his recruiting.
"My top three schools right now are NC State, UNC and East Carolina," he said. "NC State and East Carolina are probably recruiting me the hardest. I've been to ECU a couple of times, and I just made a trip over to NC State. I'm also hearing from Georgia Tech, Virginia and Wake Forest."
Golder broke down each of his top three schools.
"With NC State, I really like coach Meyer," he said. "He's an awesome guy. He's nice and funny, and I like being around people like that. I met coach Amato, and he was great. Chad Jamison showed me around, and he was a great guy, too. I got to tour the facilities, and I've never seen anything like that. It just blew my mind. Right now, they're my top school."
"At UNC, I've got a lot of friends that go there, and they all love it. I'd like to major in History, and they're a big liberal arts school. So education wise, I like it. I met coach Bunting, and he seems like a great guy."
"I've been to ECU a couple of times and their weight room is like State's and it's state of the art. Their doctors checked me out when I was there and everybody was just really nice to me and that is important. Coach Shankweiler is recruiting me and I know that he knows his stuff."
Golder said that he doesn't have any plans to jump on the first offer that comes his way. He plans to wait a while to see exactly which schools offer before he makes a final decision.