Apex OL Mike Golder worked hard over the summer to recover from a serious knee injury he suffered last January. It would appear the hard work has paid off as he has started the first two games of the 2006 season. For Golder, the hardest part has been to overcome the mental worries of the knee injury.
"My knee has been coming along great," said Golder. "The first game I was worried about it and there was a play where a player speared into the inside part of my knee. After it happened I was like, ‘I'm okay,' but I'm glad I had that brace on. The doctor told me the knee was completely healed and I guess he knew what he was talking about. I've used these first two games getting back to full speed and I should be 100% this week."
At 6-4, 290 pounds and boasting 5.15-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Golder has proven to be a versatile weapon for Apex along their offensive line. He has played both guard spots and both tackle spots as the Cougars have opened with a 1-1 record.
NC State has shown a keen interest in Golder all summer and they invited him to their opening game this past weekend against Appalachian State. The senior lineman came away impressed with the Pack.
"The whole experience was awesome," said Golder. "The lunch was great and then we went to see the walk of champions and that was good. We just spent the whole day walking around and I was in awe of everything. All the coaches were real cool. I got a chance to talk to coach Meyer and coach Stroud and all the coaches came over and introduced themselves."
While the Pack has yet to offer, Golder said the State coaches will be on hand to watch him in person in the very near future.
"They told me they're coming to see a game of mine soon," he said. "They told me if everything goes well then it could work out well for me as far as getting an offer."
Golder said East Carolina and NC State are his top schools currently but he left little doubt where he'll be headed should the Pack decide to offer.
"Well, State and East Carolina are showing the most interest but if State offers, I'm signing right there," said Golder. "They're my number one choice. They're close to home, close to my family and a lot of my friends already go there. It's also a great school. The big thing is I'm really into the coaches there. Coach Meyer is a guy that's genuinely nice and funny. They really seem to care about you as a person."