Committed to AZ, But Looking

Fresno (Calif.) Edison's Robert Golden, the #1-rated cornerback prospect on the west coast, is verbally committed to Arizona, but he's arranged official visits with three other schools and he's waiting on a scholarship offer from another school he likes...

Despite giving a commitment to Arizona earlier this spring, Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback Robert Golden (5-11, 185, 4.53), the top-rated corner in the west for 2009, is still setting up official visits to schools outside of Tucson.

Golden has set four official visits for the fall, and he's hoping to schedule one with a fifth school, assuming that school offers him.

"I've been hearing a lot more from UCLA," said Golden. "I'm solid to Arizona, but I want to get an offer from UCLA and take an official visit there, too."

Golden admitted that an offer from UCLA would have somewhat of an impact on him, especially given the Edison High connection to Westwood. "Courtney Viney and me have been talking," said Golden. "Courtney's always talking UCLA up to me. I like that school a lot."

Golden visited UCLA for Junior Day in February and returned in April for the spring scrimmage. His defensive backs coach, Tony Perry, and UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, are longtime friends, and the interest from UCLA had always been there for Golden. But he said it was a matter of getting his transcripts to UCLA, which he says should be taken care of as soon as this week.

"I'm faxing off my transcripts to them myself (Thursday)," Golden said. "I'm going to do it myself if I have to."

Still, Golden said he remains solid to Arizona, and thus far, he's the defensive jewel in the Wildcats recruiting class.

Golden visited Arizona numerous times this summer, for various camps and to watch practice, and has been pretty active in talking with several other of the Arizona commits.

But he's not planning on being exclusive with Arizona during the remaining recruiting process. Including an official visit to Arizona on November 3rd (which interestingly enough is when the Wildcats host UCLA), he's arranged three other official visits. He'll go to Georgia Tech on September 15th with high school teammate Brandon Leslie, then he'll be at Michigan a week later when the Wolverines host Penn State. Finally, he'll trip to Mississippi on November 3rd when they face Northwestern State.

This week, though, the bigger issue for Golden is the Tigers' kickoff to the 2007 season, when they face Madera. Edison boasts what is possibly the best secondary in the country, and easily the top one on the west coast. Each of the four defensive backs have Pac-10 offers, two of them only juniors-to-be.

"We're the only game in the Valley this weekend, so it's going to be a sellout," said Golden.

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