Hutchinson LB brings the heat off the edge

After putting up monster numbers as a freshman in 2010, Hutchinson LB Markus Golden (6-3, 230) is a player who likely will have a lot of suitors over the next year. However, he told he remains committed to the school he signed with out of high school and will have a decsion to make this summer...

"I went to (high) school in St. Louis, Missouri and I wasn't going to qualify," Golden told recently. "Missouri liked me and stuck by me and they got me placed here at Hutch and they are the school I'm focused on right now."

As a freshman last fall, playing the strongside linebacker position, Golden put up monster numbers posting 85 tackles, an amazing 25.5 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks and he credits it all to the scheme and his teammates.

"I just get out there and do my job," Golden said humbly. "I have great teammates and that allowed me to do well, but I also made plays when I had the chance.

"I read plays well and I anticipate things really well, so that has helped me a lot in my career. I'm also a 'high-motor' guy and I go 100-percent all the time."

This spring and summer, Golden says he plans to work on his overall game, but he had some specific areas he wanted to focus on as well.

"I want to work on getting off the ball even better than I already do," Golden noted. "Anything that I can work on that will give me the edge on the offense, that's what I'm working on -- strength, speed, reads -- just stuff like that."

Turning his focus back to recruiting, Golden said while Missouri is the school he's focused on he's aware that his coaches have taken calls about him.

"I don't have any offers yet, but my coaches have gotten a few calls," Golden said. "They said right now I don't need to worry about that stuff and I agree because I'm still sold on getting to Missouri, but more than anything, I just want to get my academics in order and work out and get better.

"I haven't really decided what I'm going to do this next season. There's a chance I could end up redshirting to save a year of eligibility, but that's a decision for another time.

"I'll go through spring ball, work out with my team, lift, run and get ready for the season and by then, I should have a better idea on what I want to do."

Should Golden play this fall, he will have three to play two wherever he ends up, however if he redshirts he will have three to play three.

He also claims to be on pace to sign in December so he can enroll in January 2012.

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