Bruins Recruiting Another Top Edison DB

UCLA has had success at Fresno (Calif.) Edison in the past few years and with Courtney Viney coming in the fall, the Bruins are now recruiting his teammate opposite him at cornerback, Robert Golden, potentially the top corner in the state...

Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback Robert Golden (6-0, 185) is the next in line of a long history of outstanding Tiger defensive backs.

Golden has offers from Minnesota, Nevada, Washington, Arizona, Michigan, Washington State and San Diego State and the Wildcats are the favorite.

"I'm leaning to Arizona right now," said Golden. "But I also like UCLA, Cal, Minnesota, Michigan, USC and San Diego State a lot too."

Golden said he was in no hurry to make a decision, that he's hoping with his highlight film going out in the last few days more schools will get involved.

The Edison connection is alive at many of the California schools. USC is the alma mater of Tigers head coach Tim McDonald. Cal has three former Edison defensive backs on the roster: Charles Amadi, Robert Peele and Bernard Hicks. UCLA has Brandon Breazell and Courtney Viney.

So it's no surprise that he has an affinity for the in-state programs. But surprisingly, Arizona, with no real ties to Edison, is in the lead.

"I just like the way they play defense there," said Golden. "They use their DB's real good and I like watching them."

Golden has been at both of the Los Angeles schools Junior Days already and hopes to attend Cal's.

"Junior Day at UCLA was real exciting. They told me to keep up the good work and they want to get my film and talk it over. Coach (Tony) Perry just sent my film to Coach (DeWayne) Walker. Courtney really wants me to go there with him," said Golden. "USC's was real cool. I got to meet Coach (Pete) Carroll and Coach (Rocky) Seto and they talked about how they'd use me."

Called by Perry, Edison's longtime secondary coach, as potentially the best cornerback to ever come through the Tiger program, Golden made a national splash at the U.S. Army Combine in January, earning first team all-combine honors after locking down receiver after receiver in the drills.

"The schools really started to kick in after that," said Golden. "I knew I was going down there to do that very thing, show I'm one of the best and did what I had to do. Courtney went down there last year and got all-combine and I wanted to follow that up and represent Edison."

Golden attended the Combine as a sophomore last year, getting his first taste of the competition that exists at the various spring events. That prepared him for San Antonio.

"I knew what to expect and what I needed to do," said Golden. "It was a great experience. Now, I'm going to be at the Combine again this year and hopefully get to the U.S. Army Game."

Academically, Golden is in excellent shape, holding a 3.3 GPA. He will take the SAT in May.

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