May 31, 2011

Rams checking out Texas back

After a junior season that saw him average 7.4 yards per carry and run for 1,139 yards, Willis (Texas) running back Autrey Golden finds himself with three scholarship offers that span the country. Golden said he owns offers from North Dakota, North Texas and, more recently, Colorado State.

"My first offer was North Dakota and that took the stress off me," the 5-foot-10, 190-pound back said. "It made me feel good. Then I got North Texas and that was closer to home. And of course Colorado State made me feel really good. Out of the three, (Colorado State) is probably the best one so far. People have told me Colorado is real beautiful to visit, so I am excited to get there and see for myself.

"It makes me excited when I am working out," Golden said of his offers. "It gives an extra push to keep going. I tell myself to imagine that the coaches are sitting there watching me."

As a Junior Golden managed 1,139 yards on the ground and caught 18 passes for another 144 yards in being named All-District and Academic All-District. Golden has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has a 335-pound squat max.

"My footwork is probably my main strength along with my ability to change direction," Golden said. "I've always been told I run really hard and my pad level is really low. Those are things that get me by."

Golden said he expects to get to Fort Collins this summer and said his family is watching the flight schedule for pricing from Texas to Colorado. He said he is also hearing a lot from the coaches of the Mean Green at North Texas.

"They (North Texas coaches) have been coming down for a lot of my spring practices," Golden said. "I ask them questions and they give me information. So far that one that is real close to home and it is one I'll consider. I enjoy their coaches and we hold a good conversation every time we talk to them."

Golden said just as exciting as his own progression has been the route to respectability his Willis High School team has been making over the past three seasons.

"Our 2012 class has always been talented," he said. "When we were freshmen our school won our first game in three years. We broke the second longest losing streak in Texas history. Our sophomore year we went 3-7 and had nine sophomores start. Our Junior year our record was 8-4 and we made it to the second round of playoffs. Next year we have all our seniors coming back, so this should be exciting."

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