Golden Busy With Camps

Jacksonville (NC) Northside OL/DL Monte Golden has been on the road attending several camps as he hopes to earn scholarship offers.

Last month Pack Pride reported on in-state lineman Monte Golden and the talented prospect has camped at several schools since then.

Since the beginning of June alone Golden has camped at NC State, South Carolina, Duke, North Carolina and East Carolina, and Pack Pride caught up with him again as he was on his way to Maryland.

It's clear the 6-2, 291-pound two-way lineman is doing his best to maximize his time in front of college coaches in the hopes of earning offers. If the right offer comes along, as he admitted, he might have to jump on it.

"I would definitely have to talk it over with my parents," he said. "I'm looking to go ahead and commit early so I can go ahead and get implemented in the system. I only have to take four classes so I can go ahead and graduate early."

All of the coaches at the schools where Golden has camped has told him they are impressed with him but want to evaluate him a little more. Sometimes offers come in the week or two following a camp when coaches are able to take a closer look at everything that transpired.

"I had a couple of verbal offers but nothing really on paper," he said. "That doesn't really mean anything until you get that big 'for sure' in writing. Right now it's just been a lot of good words so far."

Golden said he had a great camp at Duke, where the coaches worked the prospects hard in the heat. He said the Blue Devils have not decided which position they would like to recruit Golden for, though they worked him out primarily as a defensive tackle at the camp.

Offensive line coach Matt Luke has been recruiting Golden for the Blue Devils, and Duke is one of the schools that has recruited Golden most heavily to date. He believes Duke is a rising program and that's one of the reasons the interest is mutual.

NC State is another school that has been tracking his progress, and another school Golden is hoping to hear more from, especially after a positive camp experience recently.

"State was fun and a good camp," Golden said. "I actually got called back as one of the top defensive prospects. I was talking to coach Willis and they said I was the best offensive lineman there. I'm not sure where I sit with them but I definitely had a great time. Coach Willis told me to give him a call next week so we have to sit down and talk to see what they're thinking.

"I think State's a good school. When coach Willis was talking you can tell he's straightforward. He tells you exactly what he wants, which is a good thing because you don't want to be lost. He helped me out a lot when I was talking to him. He told you exactly what he wanted and if you didn't do it he got on you."

Golden said the Maryland camp would probably be the last camp in June. He is thinking about going north to camp at some schools that haven't even started recruiting him in July, just to get his name out to more coaches.

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