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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Golden's rule: Be even better for TAMU

By Damon Sayles

Fresh off a week of competing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, ESPN 300 defensive tackle Isaiah Golden (Carthage, Texas/Carthage) believes he still has a long way to go -- a scary idea for anyone who lines up against him in the future.

Golden said the bowl experience was the first time he really had a chance to compete against players of equal talent or better. The solid Texas A&M commit has only attended one camp, and his week in San Antonio served as a measuring stick not only of where he is but also where he needs to be.

“It was very fun for me. I got to see people I hear about but never seen before,” Golden said. “They were my size and with my talent. It’s good competition. I enjoyed it. It’ll make me better.

Golden is ranked No. 18 among defensive tackles nationally and No. 29 among players in Texas for the Class of 2013. He committed to the Aggies last January.

“I know a lot of those guys -- they’ve been to camps, combines and other stuff. I’d only been to one camp. Really, I learned a lot from them, watching them go hard.”

Golden, No. 229 in the ESPN 300, was a force in East Texas, finishing the year with 76 tackles, four sacks, four fumbles and 18 quarterback hurries. The 6-foot-2, 302-pound tackle showed his value in San Antonio, serving as a reliable member of a strong defensive line for the Army bowl’s West team.

Still, Golden believes he can learn a lot more before making his way to College Station, Texas. Playing in the Army bowl helped gauge just how much more he needs and how far he’s come.

“I just want to take everything with me to the next level,” he said. “I want to get stronger and get faster. I know what I have to work on.”