Golden Impression

Before and after North Carolina's Spring Game on Saturday, Monte Golden received a chance to speak individually with John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach.

"First, he said he liked my size," the lineman from Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside said. "He said I have good size and good weight. He wants me to send him some game film so he can see my quickness off the ball and my stride when I'm in pursuit."

The last time Blake saw Golden, who is now 6-foot-2 and 291 pounds, was at UNC's camp last June.

"Actually, at the camp I was a lot smaller than I am now," Golden said. "I'm a late bloomer and developed a lot from last summer to now… The coaches, they definitely noticed… They seemed excited about me. They want me to come out to their camp this summer. Hopefully, I'll get an offer sooner or later."

Golden plans to accept the invitation and camp at UNC again this summer. He's also considering camping at Arizona, Duke, Florida, Michigan, UCLA, and Virginia.

Although he's awaiting his first scholarship offer, Golden believes schools like Duke, Georgia Tech and UCLA are close to offering.

Golden grew up a UNC fan and Saturday's visit did nothing but strengthen his feelings towards the Tar Heels.

"I can honestly say that I like Carolina a lot," Golden said. "Carolina is a top runner, but so are Duke and Georgia Tech and Maryland. They're all showing the same amount of interest."

It's hard to match Golden's ties to UNC. He is a cousin of Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams, who both will be four-year starters for UNC this fall, and played a couple seasons with Donte Paige-Moss, who is now a sophomore defensive end for the Tar Heels. Plus, several other non-football playing members of his family have graduated from UNC.

Golden's parents and little brother joined him in him Kenan Stadium on Saturday.

"The atmosphere was great," Golden said. "You got a feeling that was indescribable… The fans were great out there. I could just see myself playing in front of that type of crowd. I had a great time."

Golden's visit also included a tour of the football facilities.

"I got to see the weight room – the weight room was very nice," Golden said. "The locker room was very nice… When I was walking through the locker room for the first time every player that I walked past was like ‘What's up man' – just speaking and being outgoing."

Besides UNC, Golden has visited Arizona, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Maryland, and Virginia. He doesn't have any future recruiting trips planned.

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