Decision imminent for OSU corner target

OREGON STATE and other schools have about 48 hours left to make their final case to one of the top corners in the class of 2008. The Fresno, Calif., defensive back has multiple offers and says it doesn't look like he's going to need to see any others before making his decision -- the 4-star cornerback tells BF.C he plans on making his verbal commitment this Friday.

Robert Golden (5-11, 181) is the top rated cornerback in California according to and is rated among the top ten nationally in the early going here for the '08 class. Oregon State has offered, with Nigel Burton running the recruiting point.

"I have my mind set on committing on Friday," said Golden. "I'm going to keep it off the record until then."

A casual glance through some of the recent reports would indicate Arizona has gotten the most press as his frontrunner this spring. Golden, however, indicated some strong interest from other suitors might play a role in his decision.

"No, I'm pretty much interested in every school and especially since Cal and Arizona State offered me," said Golden. "I'm really feeling Arizona State and Cal right now, too. Arizona State has some really good coaches over there. And three players that went to my school are at Cal right now."

AND WHAT'S THE interest level in the Beavs?

"Me and coach Burton, we have a real close relationship," said Golden. "We either talk or (text/email) on an almost daily basis. Oregon State, I like how their defensive backs are really aggressive. They run straight bump (and run coverage) 90 percent of the game. I like bump, that's my specialty -- when I play bump I feel like no one can get off the line against me. And they do a lot of bumping."

Golden said in addition to Oregon State, he holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Minnesota, Michigan, Nevada, San Jose State and San Diego State. Recent unofficial visits have been to UCLA, USC and Arizona. Minnesota coaches Tim Brewster and Ronnie Lee have been recruiting particularly hard, said Golden, with Minnesota texting "every day".

And what about UCLA and the school previously reported to be the frontrunner, Arizona?

"I like the UCLA defense, that defense is real solid. And I really liked (visiting) Arizona, how their corners play in coverage," said Golden.

The Huskies were also by Edison High earlier this week in the form of assistant J.D. Williams.

GOLDEN IS A two year starter heading into his senior campaign. In 2006, he racked up 65 tackles and four interceptions. He was named to the 2007 U.S. Army National Combine all-combine team.

"What sticks out about Golden is his ability to lock down a receiver, specifically bigger receivers, because he reacts so well and has good feet and hips," says West Recruiting Analyst Brandon Huffman. "He jams well at the line and you'll have a hard time getting him to bite on head fakes. As he's gotten quicker and bigger, he makes it that much more difficult to separate. He's also got quick hands and reads the receiver and the quarterback well."

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