June 19, 2011

Golden close to commitment?

Malik Golden thought about making a commitment when he visited Iowa this week. But, he decided that waiting would be the right decision at this time.

"I was thinking about making a commitment on the visit, but I feel like the right thing to do is to check out the other schools and see what they have to offer," Golden said.

The 6-foot-1 and 185 pound wide receiver prospect from Cheshire, Connecticut had picked up an offer from the Hawkeyes earlier this month and visited with his father late this week. While he did not make a verbal commitment, he was certainly impressed by what he saw on the visit.

"All in all it was a really good visit," Golden said. "Iowa has really nice facilities and we toured all of them, met with the strength and condition coach, and went around the campus and downtown area."

He also had an opportunity to sit down the Assistant Coach Erik Campbell, Iowa's wide receivers coach, who told him early playing time could be on the way if he signs with the Hawkeyes.

"He (Coach Campbell) said that if I was good enough to play early that I could play. He told me that the wide receiver position is one that they have spots for in the coming years and I would have an opportunity to play early."

Golden also sat down with two of Campbell's star players, who gave him the best advice he heard all day.

"I talked to Marvin McNutt and Keenan Davis and they both said they have had a great experience at Iowa, but that I had to make the best decision for myself in the recruiting process. I really liked that message," Golden said.

The plan for now is for Golden to continue his tour of college programs. The next stop will be a trip to UCONN. He said he hopes to make a verbal commitment before the start of his senior season at Cheshire Academy.

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