BREAKING: Speedy California ATH goes crimson

HE STARS AT the same high school as did CougGreat Jason David. And like David during his prep days, he's a lightning quick high school corner and running back. The newest member of the Cougar family was also so taken with Paul Wulff, the Wazzu coaching staff and the Cougar football program, that he called Wulff tonight and verbally committed to the crimson and gray -- sight unseen.

The Cougs became golden on Monday. Brandon Golden, (6-0, 192, 4.4), like David, hails from Charter Oak High in Covina, Calif. Golden has idolized David for years and after developing a strong bond with the WSU staff this spring and summer, he'll follow in David's footsteps and play his collegiate ball at Washington State.

Golden hasn't been out to the Palouse yet, but that didn't stop him from pledging crimson.

"I gave my (verbal commitment) to Washington State today. I've talked to the coaches and they're good people..I've talked to (Malik Roberson) who was the guy recruiting me. And I've talked with my (high school) coaches and they've said it's a really good school," said Golden.

Golden also had an offer from Colorado with Arizona, Cal, Fresno State and others all increasingly showing his the recruiting love and talking about a potential offer later this fall.

Golden becomes the seventh known verbal commitment in the Cougs' 2010 class. The others are Spokane products QB Connor Halliday, TE Aaron Dunn and Jake Rodgers (with the TE/DE/OL body type), offensive tackle John Fullington of Belfair, Wash., cornerback Matt Simmons of Torrance, Calif., and CB/S Damante Horton of Oakland.

COUGAR ASSISTANT AND area recruiter Roberson ran the recruiting point on Golden for Wazzu and was a key factor in his recruitment, he said. The Cougars also use a group recruiting approach under Wulff and Golden today got hold of Steve Broussard and then Wulff to tell them he was Palouse-bound.

"I told (Wulff) I felt Washington State was where I wanted to be. He said he was excited to have me on board and that I could potentially earn the start my freshman year. He was actually super excited," said Golden.

GOLDEN JUMPED ONTO the Cougar radar during the May Evaluation period after his tape arrived in the Bohler Gym offices. He said he wasn't able to come up for the Cougars' summer camp in June but communication had ramped up by then, remained steady throughout the spring and summer and culminated in today's verbal.

Washington State is recruiting him as an athlete, with Chris Ball and Broussard playing a little tug of war.

"The defensive coordinator and the running backs coach, they've been going back and forth -- so coach Wulff decided just to recruit me as an athlete," said Golden. "They're going to determine which position it will be when I get there, I guess.

"My speed is what I usually rely on most, everybody always talks about my speed, but I'm also trying hard to get my technique more down pat."

GOLDEN WAS NAMED first team all-league on offense as a junior. He also captured, for his work on defense, second team all-CIF honors in 2008.

Golden rushed for 555 hashes (8.41 ypc) on offense this past season. Defensively, he posted 37 tackles with a ball-hawking six interceptions.

Brandon Golden profile

David, now with the New Orleans Saints, was a starting corner on the Super Bowl XLI Champion Indianapolis Colts. He started 35 games at Washington State as a three year Cougar starter, with 128 tackles (109 solo), 16 interceptions and 318 yards in interception return yards including three touchdowns, plus 36 pass break-ups.

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