Golden Still Waits Out Situation

The #1-ranked cornerback in the west, Robert Golden from Fresno Edison, de-committed from Arizona last month. And after taking a visit to Tucson recently, he's hot again for the Cats, but he's still waiting on the situation of a certain program in California...

In a recruiting year that has really lacked drama, Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback Robert Golden has provided his share.

Golden committed to Arizona in May, but backed off his commitment to the Wildcats late last month when it looked like Arizona coach Mike Stoops could be on the hot seat. But after taking his official visit to Tucson recently, Golden is feeling the Cats once again.

"This time it was lot more cool because I got to kick it with the players a little more, see how they are, see how everyone was with the coaches and got to see what the workout plans were like," said Golden, who had taken a number of unofficial visits to Arizona. "I got a good feel for what the workouts would be like and a lot of other things there."

Golden also got some reassurance from Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood. "I was talking with the athletic director and he said Coach Stoops wouldn't be going anywhere, that the staff was close to signing an extension," said Golden. "The coaches then told me how they want to use me and that I could start from day one."

Yet Golden didn't want to firm up a commitment to the Wildcats because he's keeping his options open with two other Pac-10 schools, Oregon State and UCLA.

"I will probably take an official visit to Oregon State after the season," said Golden. "They have their last home game this weekend so I'll wait until later."

UCLA remains an option that he's still highly interested in. "I'm going to wait to announce until I know if I have an official offer from UCLA," said Golden. "Coach (DeWayne) Walker has been talking to me about trying to get a scholarship for me. He told me to wait and not commit anywhere until he can get one for me."

Golden speculated that the UCLA staff may be waiting to see if another defensive back de-commits, which would open up a slot for Golden. Golden said last week, "I wanted to go down there (to the UCLA/Arizona State game) this weekend for an official visit, but they're having a rally for me at the Oakland Raiders game (on Sunday) for my selection to the U.S. Army All-American Game," said Golden.

Instead, Golden said he'll probably take an official to Westwood in December. "I'll wait to commit somewhere for UCLA to tell me what's up," said Golden.

He did admit, though, if Walker and the UCLA staff were gone next year, that would close the door on them as an option.

Golden said that his choice will come between Arizona, UCLA and Oregon State, and that Arizona is his number one choice at this point. He's already visited Arizona State and Oregon in addition to Arizona, but is no longer considering them. "I want to announce either at the Army Game, or even a week after that if I have to wait to take my officials (to Oregon State and UCLA)," said Golden. "But I want to take all of my visits before I announce."

Golden is ranked as the #6 cornerback in the country by and is the top-ranked corner in the West.

Last weekend, Edison, the top-seed in Division I in the Central Section, had a bye before they begin their quest for the State Championship Bowl.

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