Jacksonville (NC) Northside's Monte Golden (6-1, 280 pounds) was one of the standouts at the recent Shrine Bowl combine held at Eastern Alamance High School. He showed the ability to play both offensive and defensive lineman and displayed a non-stop motor that is sure to catch the eye of college recruiters. Golden recently told Pack Pride that he'll play where ever needed once he moves on the next level.
"I like playing defense but where ever I go to school at, I'm a team player so I'll play on either side of the ball, said Golden. "I prefer defense but offensive line isn't bad, either."
Golden admits he was a late bloomer at defensive tackle but came on strong in the playoffs, recording 24 tackles and three sacks in the final two games of 2009. For his efforts, he was named to the all conference team.
On the recruiting front, Golden has attracted quite a bit of attention but is still awaiting his first offer. He brought us up to date on who he's hearing from and where he's visited in the early stages of the recruiting process.
"I'm hearing the most from Duke but Carolina is also recruiting me," he said. "State is there along with Maryland, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Texas A&M, Rutgers, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and a few others that I probably can't remember right now.
"So far, Duke and Carolina have been by the school just to say hello, just to show their face. Everybody is just saying I should get an offer when I come to camp so they all want me to come to their camp.
"I've been to Maryland two times. I've been to Duke twice. I've been to South Carolina, Georgia tech, State and Carolina."
So have any schools risen to the top of Golden's favorite's list?
"I don't have a top three or four. There are schools that I grew up being a fan of but that doesn't mean that gives them an advantage over another school.
"The school that shows the most interest in me is probably the school I'm going to take because I want to feel like I'm wanted. The school that offers me first will have way more than the other schools because they showed the most interest the quickest."
So what about the two in-state schools, UNC and NC State?
"UNC is great actually. I actually have a couple of cousins that played there, Deunta Williams and Kendric Burney. Carolina is a great school and all of my family has gone there and graduated from there so that weighs on me. I grew up being a UNC fan. I went to their spring game and the atmosphere was ridiculous. When you're out there you just feel at home.
"As far as State, when I went there they were playing South Carolina and they put up a great fight. At State it's a totally different atmosphere, it's hard to explain. State actually has my major because I'd like to major in engineering."
Golden is a Player to Watch
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