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Malik Golden set to make decision

ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Cheshire Academy (Conn.) wide receiver Malik Golden, who is set to decide on his college destination before practice begins.

Golden will be visiting Penn State on Friday, and is also considering Boston College, Iowa and UConn. Iowa was the first school of the four to extend a scholarship offer.

Brown writes:

"Penn State is the only place I haven't taken an unofficial visit to," Golden said. "Since I haven't been there I can't really tell you an order the schools are in. There's no leader. I actually don't know [which school he'll select] at this point."

Golden has been recruited primarily as a receiver, but Penn State also likes him as a defensive back. He said the possibility of playing offense at Penn State will be one of the topics discussed during his visit this weekend.

"Hopefully they'll give me a shot on offense," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised if they did. That's something we're gonna talk about."

Golden is friends with Masuk High School quarterback Casey Cochran, who recently committed to Connecticut. Cochran is ESPNU's top-rated recruit from Connecticut in the Class of 2012.

Golden, who visited Connecticut three times this summer, said location will be a factor in his decision, but it won't be the primary one.

"They're all good academic schools," he said. "I'll know more once I leave Penn State. I'll have a pretty good idea at that point."

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's ESPN blog.