When you play defensive back at Fresno (Calif.) Edison a lot is expected of you. The school has developed a lot corners and safeties for D-I schools over the years. This coming season could be the best group ever at the school and cornerback Robert Golden (5-10, 182, 4.5) could end up being the best yet the school has produced.
Golden earned first-team all-league and second-team all-county honors for his junior season after accounting for 79 tackles, eight pass deflections and four picks.
The talented corner participated at the US Army combine in January and went away with being named first-team US Army combine for his efforts. That is pretty impressive when you consider that some the nation's top underclass prospects were on hand.
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On the recruiting trail, Golden has offers from Michigan, Minnesota, Arizona, Oregon State, Nevada and Fresno State.
Cal could be offering any day while UCLA is waiting on his transcripts. According to Edison defensive back coach Tony Perry, his talented corner could have up to five more offers before the month is over.
Perry is pretty certain why there is so much interest in Golden.
"Robert is a big corner with long arms," Perry said. "He has excellent one-on-one and bump skills.
"Robert plays the ball well when it is the air," Perry said. "He has all-around excellent ball skills and he will tackle. He's not afraid to mix it up.
"Nobody will outwork Robert, he has a great work ethic," Perry said. "He's always on time and has an excellent demeanor. He never talks back and he's very coachable.
"Robert is right there with the best I've ever coached," Perry said. "You can put Robert on an island and doesn't need any help. That is very rare.
Some of the great ones that have come out of Edison are Ricky Manning (UCLA and Chicago Bear), Johnny Sears (Michigan), Robert Peele (Cal), Lorenzo Sims (Colorado), and UCLA bound Courtney Viney.
After looking at the above list of players the following praise from Perry is very eye opening.
"If I can Roberto Courtney Viney's footwork, he will be the best we've had hands down," Perry said. "I think he will be the best because he is working hard to get to Courtney's level of footwork."