Perseverance and commitment are key identifiers in the introduction of Missouri signee, LB Marcus Golden 6'3" 238 4.6 Hutchinson (KS) C.C. , who when he arrives at Missouri, will have earned his way into college to fulfill his life-long dream.
Golden is an impressive physical specimen who has worked hard to earn his way to Mizzou, after originally signing with Missouri in 2010, and having to go the junior college route. This True Son committed to Missouri very early in high school, and never considered any other school. He's been waiting his whole life to play at Missouri. He used a redshirt this past season, so he will arrive at Missouri with three years of eligibility remaining.
As a freshman at Hutchinson, playing under Coach Rion Rhodes, Golden made 90 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks, to go along with 5 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions.
Golden set records as a two-way player, and team captain, under Coach Dan Oliver at Affton High School in the St. Louis area. As a senior, he rushed for a school-record 2,264 yards and 30 TDs, while registering 108 tackles and 10 sacks. As a junior, Golden recorded a school-record 168 tackles, including 16 sacks, and rushed for 1,139 yards and 16 TDs.
Golden also excelled on the basketball court, and was named his team's MVP following his senior season. His parents are Markus Eberhart and Rhonda Golden.
Missouri Assistant Coach Cornell Ford has been recruiting Golden for over five years.
"From the get-go, Marcus Golden has always been Missouri," explained Coach Ford.
JP's Take: Markus Golden is one of four incoming recruits from the 2012 class who I feel has the potential come in an compete to see some time on the field this fall. Golden is a big, physical athlete who could play linebacker or play with his hand down on the outside as a defensive end. He runs well, has good speed and is very athletic. I like his pass rush ability that he has shown while at Hutchinson.