Golden Opportunity For Terrell

Terrell Golden, an outstanding wide-receiver from Lake Taylor HS in Virginia that impressed at Penn State's camp this summer, committed to Penn State Tuesday night. He talks about his decision.

Name: Terrell Golden
Position: WR
Height: 6'3.5"
Weight: 205 pounds
40-yard dash:

4.32 (at PSU's camp)

Bench Press: 270 pounds
School: Lake Taylor HS, Norfolk, VA

Terrell called Penn State's Bill Kenney Tuesday night to tell him that he wanted to play for the Nittany Lions.

"He said 'Wonderful!  We'd love to have you, thank you'.  He was really excited," Golden said.

Terrell is also excited for the opportunity to attend Penn State.

"I was just extremely comfortable there from the first moment of my visit.  Most coaching staffs say that they're all for academics and everything, but I really got a chance to see how Penn State is.

"When I first got there, we were sitting in the football facility lobby waiting for Coach Paterno, and his wife came in and she was just steaming mad.  Coach Kenney asked her what was wrong and she said one of her players missed study hall.  She went searching for him and everything and I guess she couldn't find him.  She went to the practice, found him, hemmed him up and made sure he went to that study hall.  So, he missed practice that day.  That really stuck out to me."

Mrs. Paterno won't have to worry about Terrell attending class.

"I don't think she will.  As a matter of fact, I know she won't.  I didn't like seeing her mad," he laughed.

Terrell attended a summer camp at Penn State this year with his team.  At that camp, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds.  He did even better the second time, registering a 4.32.

At the Nike Camp this year at Chapel Hill, Golden ran a disappointing 4.78.  He explained the anomaly.

"We brought track spikes and they said we couldn't wear them, so we had to run in our socks.  I couldn't get any traction with my shoes, so I ran in my socks.

"I was pretty disappointed.  Coming off the line, everytime I tried to push off I slipped because I had no traction.  Plus, there was permafrost on the field because it was early in the morning.  It was an astroturf field."

It's obvious that Terrell is very fast, especially for a young man with his size.  This season, he caught 26 passes for 9 touchdowns and approximately 550 yards.

He was aware of Joel Holler's commitment to Penn State yesterday.  The addition of Joel should allow Golden even more time to get open.

"I don't need that much time to get open," he said confidently.

The Nittany Lion coaching staff feel Terrell has an excellent chance to play early.

"They're looking for me to come in and start actually."

Terrell is so excited about his future at Penn State, that he is planning to call Virginia linebacker Vince Hall "to put a bug in his ear".

"I met him at the football camp last year."

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