Boston High School: Malik Golden

New England Roundup: Connecticut

February, 10, 2012
Paula Hagopian's talent on the soccer field is so obvious she was named Connecticut's Gatorade Player of the Year even though her Kingswood Oxford team finished with a record below .500 last season.

ConnecticutHagopian, a senior forward, collected 13 goals and 10 assists as a senior, when Kingswood Oxford went 5-7-2. She was also the 2011 Connecticut Soccer Coaches' Association Player of the Year, and has twice been selected as an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America.

“Paula is so strong that defenders bounce off her,” said Matt Micros, a club coach with Connecticut FC. “She can hold the ball up well and also spin defenders with ease. What she lacks in technique she more than makes up for with power and pace.”

Hagopian led Kingswood Oxford to the 2010 New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class B championship and completed her career with 56 goals and 35 assists. She will continue her soccer career at Yale next fall.

Past winners of the award include Riley Houle (2010–11, Windham), Kate McCarthy, (2009-10, Loomis Chaffee), Jessica Schloth (2008–09, St. Joseph), Alex Uscilla (2007-08, St. Joseph), and Bianca D’Agostino (2006-07, Loomis Chaffee).

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New England Roundup: Connecticut

September, 1, 2011
Malik Golden didn't know it at the time, but when his Cheshire Academy team defeated New Hampton (N.H.) Prep, 49-20, in the New England Prep School Athletic Council's Dan Rourke Bowl last fall, a friendship was born that would end up shaping Golden's future.

ConnecticutGolden crossed paths with New Hampton quarterback/defensive back Jake Kiley that day, and their friendship grew when each attended a football camp at Penn State last spring.

Kiley committed to Penn State earlier this summer, and then did his best to persuade Golden to do the same.

“We're going to be roommates – at least that's the plan,” Golden said last Wednesday, shortly after he committed to Penn State. “We got the best of him that day, but Jake's a great player.

“It's one of the toughest decisions I've every made in my life. To be honest I went with my gut feeling. Every person I talked to had nothing but good things to say about Penn State. I just confirmed that during my visit there [earlier this month].”

Kiley is expected to play defensive back at Penn State. Although most schools recruited Golden to play wide receiver, he may join Kiley in Penn State's defensive backfield.

“That's something I wanted to talk about during my visit,” Golden said. “Wherever the team needs me. We'll see when I get on campus.”

Golden, who is entering his senior year, made 48 receptions for 680 yards and five touchdowns in nine games last season. His best performance came against New Hampton. He rushed for 197 yards and caught nine passes for 105 yards that day.

Golden said he was also considering Boston College, Connecticut and Iowa.

“It's all done,” Golden said. “It feels good.”

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Cheshire's Malik Golden chooses Penn State

August, 24, 2011
Cheshire Academy (Conn.) athlete Malik Golden announced earlier tonight that he will be playing for Penn State University, starting in the fall of 2012, over scholarship offers from UConn, Boston College and Iowa.

Golden took an unofficial visit to Happy Valley last weekend, and told ESPN's Roger Brown earlier today that he was considering all four "right until the end".

The 6-foot, 180-pounder joins several New Englanders in the Nittany Lions' recruiting class: New Hampton (N.H.) defensive back Jake Kiley, and Catholic Memorial's duo of linebacker Camren Williams and athlete Armani Reeves.

Cheshire's Golden to announce decision tonight

August, 24, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown is reporting that Cheshire Academy senior athlete Malik Golden will be making his decision tonight at 7 p.m. on the campus, between four schools: Penn State, UConn, Boston College and Iowa.

Golden has also received scholarship offers from from Akron, Bryant, Stony Brook, Central Michigan, Towson, Tulane and Villanova. Iowa was the first FBS school to make an offer. Golden took two unofficial visits last weekend, to BC and Penn State.

"I couldn't put the schools in any order until I went to Penn State," Golden told Brown. "I went to a camp there, but had never visited. I considered all four right to the end."

Check back with us tonight for more details.

Malik Golden set to make decision

August, 16, 2011
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.

Cheshire's Malik Golden cuts list to four

July, 11, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Cheshire Academy athlete Malik Golden, who has cut his list of schools he's considering to four.

He's trimmed the list to Boston College, UConn, Iowa and Penn State, and could make a decision by the end of the July. However, Georgia Tech could be added to the list.

Brown writes:

"I'm getting a lot of interest from Georgia Tech right now," Golden said. "There's no definite offer, but there's a chance of an offer if I go to camp and do well. I'm trying to focus on the offers I have, but if Georgia Tech offered I'd probably make it a top five."

Golden has double-digit verbal offers from a mix of FBS and FCS schools. Central Michigan, Tulane and Villanova are among his other offers.

"I'm definitely going 1-A," he said.

Golden is being recruited to play both defensive back and wide receiver. He said Boston College originally recruited him to play defensive back, but now would like him to play receiver. Connecticut and Iowa also would like him to play receiver. Penn State is recruiting him to be a defensive back. "I don't have a preference about playing [offense or defense]," he said. "The only preference I have is if I play defense it's corner. That's where I feel comfortable at."

Golden said his goal is to make a decision in the next 3-4 weeks.

"The last thing I want to do is talk to the players at each school, then I should have a feel for where I'm headed," he said. "I'd like to have a decision by the first week of August or the last week of July, but if it takes longer that's no problem."

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