Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: Razorbacks Shift Attention To Memphis QB Jamil Golden

by Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst  on Thursday, Apr. 21, 2011 10:30 am  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Edgewood (Ky.) Dixie Heights quarterback Zeke Pike chose Auburn on Wednesday and now Arkansas will turn its attention to other quarterbacks including Memphis Ridgeway's Jamil Golden.

Golden (6-foot-3, 200 pounds, 4.55 in the 40-yard dash) has scholarship offers to Arkansas and Vanderbilt and is currently enjoying the recruiting process.

"The recruiting is going pretty good," Golden said Wednesday evening. "It's exciting."

Earlier Wednesday morning, Golden's teammate at Ridgeway, offensive lineman Cordale Boyd (6-3, 300, 5.0) committed to the Razorbacks. Golden is pleased for Boyd.

"I think that was big for Cordale, but I also think it's big for the rest of us," Golden said.

In addition to Boyd and Golden, Arkansas is also known to be showing interest in another trio at Ridgeway.

The others are defensive end Brandon Lewis (6-4, 230, 4.75) running back Jaylen Walton (5-9, 164, 4.40 and running back-cornerback Sheldon Dawson (5-11, 170, 4.5). The team was very successful last season and Golden is hoping for another big season this fall.

"We were 13-1 last year," Golden said. "We're missing some big pieces off that team at wide receiver. We do have some younger players who will play wide receiver and they will help us."

Golden was one of the key members of that team and feels he has what it takes to play in the SEC.

"I'm mainly throw the ball, but I can run the football," Golden said. "With Sheldon and Jaylen at running back, I don't need to run the ball much. They take a lot of pressure off of me at quarterback. I think I have good composure in the pocket and I have real good accuracy too."

Golden feels he will be ready to make a decision when the spring evaluation period ends.

"I think I will have a decision in three or four weeks," Golden said. "I want to see who else offers me. Several schools have told me they plan to come by and see me this spring and then will make a decision on offering me a scholarship."



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