A Golden day coming for OSU?

POST OREGON STATE VISIT, the always upbeat and personable Robert Golden says he pretty much knows where he's going to spend the next 4-5 years as a collegian. But he won't be ready to make an official announcement until at least Monday night and possibly later. The No. 6 rated cornerback prospect in the nation, Golden gives the rundown on his official trip to OSU plus a whole lot more.

In recruiting, nothing is for certain until they sign. At this moment, however, things are looking decidedly "Golden" for OSU.

"Oregon State is my No. 1 school right now. I'll be basically making my decision off Oregon State and some other schools. I'm going to keep (my decision) off the record for now. I'll probably (officially announce) Monday night or sometime real soon. I pretty much know where I'm going to go, and like I said Oregon State is my No. 1 school right now," said Golden.

Yet things can and do change in recruiting and oftentimes on a dime. Golden (5-10.5, 182, 4.53) was once verbally committed to Arizona this fall before opening things back up. Still, Golden sounded like a guy on the verge of making a final decision.

"Once I make my decision I'm going to be pretty much done, I don't want to talk to any more coaches, I just want to be done with it once I make my decision," he said.

Fair enough. As for his official visit to Oregon State, Golden said things could not have gone better. The surroundings also caught him somewhat off guard given the preconceived notions he had coming into Corvallis.

"Everything was great," said Golden. "It wasn't at all like I expected and everything was great. I really loved it.

"A lot of (people) kind of told me they didn't have everything that other places I had seen had, but then I got down there and it was like, 'Wow. This place is beautiful.' The stadium was great, the players were great, the environment was great -- everything was just great."

The thought of having a college experience, in a college town, is something that Golden said really appealed to him.

"I got down there and it's all about what you make it," said Golden. "It can be fun or it can be boring and Corvallis is a cool town, it's all about academics and football. I loved it a lot.

"It's a place where you can focus on your academics and just be successful in life."

Keenan Lewis served as his player host.

"Me and him got along real well," said Golden. "I was able to ask him any question I wanted. He offered 100 percent honest and straight up told me all about Oregon State and how things were out there. Their team is like a family and he showed me a great time."

Coach Nigel Burton has been running the recruiting point on Golden for the Beavers. Time spent with Burton, d-coordinator Mark Banker and head man Mike Riley were among the trip highlights, said Golden, as well as the bowl practice.

"Me and coach Burton, we've been talking for a long time," said Golden. Once I got down there, we really got close and he went over a lot of things and he told me all about their program. Me and him, we connected really well. I also talked to the defensive coordinator and he was a really cool guy. Coach Riley, he came up to my house on a home visit and I saw him down there and we got to talk a lot."

Golden has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5. The game will be televised nationally on NBC.

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