Catching up with Jamal Golden

Though Jamal Golden is a legitimate professional baseball prospect, he’s focusing on college football. Specifically, Georgia Tech.

Golden was one of 22 players to sign with the Yellow Jackets last week.

One of the first questions asked at Tech’s Signing Day shindig was will Golden shun the Jackets and play professional baseball instead, just like Jake Skole did last year?

Golden said the money may be a deciding factor, but “I really have been focused on college, especially as I started getting all these awards. Not that I can’t go far in baseball, but it seems like football is my ticket.”

Golden was named Mr. Football in Alabama, as well as a Gatorade State Player of the Year and Old Spice State Player of the Year after producing 3,477 yards of offense and 37 touchdowns for Wetumpka.

He is projected to play defensive back for the Yellow Jackets, a decision that he’s fine with.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “Anywhere I can help the team out.”

As an outfielder, Golden hit .402 and scored 46 runs last season, according to maxpreps.com. If Golden doesn’t sign with a team in Major League Baseball, he said he will also play baseball for the Jackets. Assistant coach Charles Kelly said that coach Paul Johnson has said that if Golden keeps his grades up playing both sports won’t be a problem. Roddy Jones and Sean Poole played for both teams last year. Kelly credited baseball coach Danny Hall with helping convince Golden to sign with them.

Golden also seems more focused on football because he said he received just one scholarship offer to play baseball. He said most teams assumed that he wouldn’t sign with them because of football. His cousin, Reggie Golden, was selected in the second round of last year’s draft by the Chicago Cubs.

“He said it’s hard work,” Golden said. “They play baseball all day. It’s fun, but it’s hard at the same time.”

He said he’s looking forward to being reunited with Tevin Washington. They played together one season in Alabama. He’s also looking forward to working with Kelly and Johnson.

“They told me about the football program, that it was a family, that they don’t deal with selfishness,” he said. “I want to play with guys who are a part of the team, and not selfish. That was the kind of team I was on in high school.”

– Doug Roberson

116 comments Add your comment

gt45

February 9th, 2011
2:56 pm

Sounds like a good kid, with his head on right. I hope it works out where he can play both sports. I would still like to see him on the O side of the line, some. What an athlete!

gt45

February 9th, 2011
2:57 pm

For a moment, I was first and last!

5150 UOAD

February 9th, 2011
3:10 pm

I talked to the young man the other week and he did say then that he really wanted to Play Football and Baseball at TECH. I am glad he will try both. He seems to be a genuine person.

BigTimeTECHFan

February 9th, 2011
3:13 pm

Wow – Tech really signed some nice players this year.
“Mr. Football in Alabama, as well as a Gatorade State Player of the Year and Old Spice State Player of the Year after producing 3,477 yards of offense and 37 touchdowns”

I’ll take that over stars any day.

BigTimeTECHFan

February 9th, 2011
3:15 pm

Nice read, hope we get this for all the players that signed with Tech.

Ramblin Man

February 9th, 2011
3:15 pm

Hope GT is not looking at another situation like last year but you can’t blame the kid if the offer is right. gt45 I agree you wonder if he could not do some damage on O and I also wonder if they are looking at him for punt/kick returns. You will find though that several great corners and safeties were QBs in high school as they are usually one of the best athletes on the team. I also like the fact that everything about him says leader and this team needs them.

Ramblin Man

February 9th, 2011
3:16 pm

Hopefully with football seeming to be the sport he wants to play he will stay with GT. He should also be aware that Hall will only sharpen his baseball skills.

JB

February 9th, 2011
3:18 pm

Welcome to the Tech family Jamal. We want you to play baseball for Tech too!

Go Jackets!!

JacketFan

February 9th, 2011
3:22 pm

This kid was a stud in High School. We are lucky to have him!

Enjoy college Jamal. Those years go by so fast.

Welcome to Tech!!

reebok

February 9th, 2011
3:24 pm

seems like a good, classy, unselfish young man. welcome!

NorthAvenueRules

February 9th, 2011
3:30 pm

Do I have this right? We’ll have Jamal – Mr. Football in Alabama as well as Vad – Mr. Football in North Carolina?

With all the other recruits, I think we’ve got one heck of a class coming in Fall 2011.

T-man

February 9th, 2011
3:44 pm

CPJ has received a lot of criticism (and rightfully so) of this years’s recruiting class. However, since there is always at least one or two gems in each recruting class that comes to Tech, Jamal Golden sounds like he’s going to be one of them – if for no other reason than he sounds like he’s got his head on straight. Does anyone know why this kid wasn’t rated higher by the recruiting “experts”? For him to post those numbers and have that kind of recognition in Alabama and not be rated at least a four star recuit is a mystery. I guess it just shows Scouts and Borders aren’t quite as good as they think they are???

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Jason

February 9th, 2011
3:52 pm

Might be the level of competition..?.. not sure though.

GT75

February 9th, 2011
4:04 pm

Jamal, I think you made the right choice. Look at the number of Tech players in the NFL and MLB. This is one choice that allows you to pick both paths or get a good degree if neither pans out.

UGA Fan

February 9th, 2011
4:04 pm

Any idea if Mr. Lee will get play time this year?

JM

February 9th, 2011
4:08 pm

Glad to have Jamal on the team. I think he showed at a high level how good a football player he is. I also believe that the MLB talk hurt his recruiting rankings.

NorthAvenueRules

February 9th, 2011
4:15 pm

Yes, Vad Lee will likely get play time. Why do you ask?

UGA Fan

February 9th, 2011
4:19 pm

FYI – Vad Lee may have won Mr. Football, but we still got the better QB from North Carolina – Christian Lemay.

Go Dawgs!!

RAID

February 9th, 2011
4:26 pm

Sounds like a good pick up Tech fans….Seems to have a good head on his shoulders…..Congrats!

Worm

February 9th, 2011
5:07 pm

There’s three QB’s from the Charlotte area better than Vad..Lemay,Marquise Williams-UNC, and Justin Worley-Tenn…Williams won about 10 player of the year awards-Vad-one.

RAID

February 9th, 2011
5:09 pm

On an ACC note, great story about the Wake Forest baseball coach donating a kidney to save one of his players life!…….I would hope the NCAA does’nt find this as a violation…….

Supersize that order, mutt

February 9th, 2011
5:46 pm

Worm, I doubt those other 2 QB’s run the option though. So it’s like apples and oranges. By the way, all you mutts out there, how about that GIMMICKY 2-point conversion (OPTION) run by Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. Anything to say about that?

Tech Fan Since 1950

February 9th, 2011
6:06 pm

Jamal Golden sounds like a great individual and I know he will do well at Georgia Tech.

Doug, we keep hearing rumors about the Georgia Tech and ACC football schedules for 2011. They’ll release it “any day now” seems to be the theme. Is TV the hold up? Tech has already sent out its season ticket renewal requests. It seems strange they would do this listing the teams Tech will play, but not the dates. I think the ACC and Tech need to rethink how they coordinate the release of schedules. I know they will likely blame it on TV. I hope Tech doesn’t get penalized with an early bye week when they will need one at least during mid-season.

Sting71

February 9th, 2011
6:40 pm

UGA Fan, you guys got a UGA type player. Kicked out of high school his junior year and had to be home schooled and unable to play his senior year. Perfect fit.

Doug Roberson

February 9th, 2011
7:05 pm

Techfan, I’ve expected the schedule any day now. It may be next week. I would assume that ESPN is the hold-up, but that’s just an assumption.

GT GRAD

February 9th, 2011
7:10 pm

I am impressed!

Tech Man

February 9th, 2011
7:27 pm

DAWG fans keep comparing athletes. Christian Lemay fit your program just fine. He got kicked out of school last year for from what I hear were inappropriate acts with a female. Signed with the right team and he will fit right in. Look for him to transfer after his first year when he sees he won’t be able to play as a starter until his junior year.

Rodney Dangerfield

February 9th, 2011
8:17 pm

First, welcome to Tech Jamal Golden! But watch out because weird Tech fans will start debating what shade of Gold you really are.

As for Lemay – that young “christian” and Crowell will be bussn some headzz and hos in Athenz i’m shore!

NCR

February 9th, 2011
9:09 pm

Mr. Football in Alabama………producing 3,477 yards of offense and 37 touchdowns for Wetumpka.

How does a guy with those numbers end up playing DB at Tech???? Are they saying they’ve got better players at QB, RB, WR???? And how did he get away from Alabama, Auburn???

GT 94

February 9th, 2011
9:12 pm

I agree, lemay is a joke! He will never play a down at UGA as a starter as long as murray is there. He didn’t even play football last year because he had sex with a female DURING school hours! That is a fact! He talked about what a christian he was leading up to that incident as well. Lmao on what a joke that kid is and any fan who thinks he will be a star at UGA as well! It will never happen! Ray drew will be just as big of a bust at uga as well. BANK ON IT!

GT 94

February 9th, 2011
9:16 pm

Fo anyone wanting to know about vad lee, he will redshirt if i had to put money on it. You can’t ask a freshman to come in and learn this system and expect to take over and play. Just not realistic and i would rather see him get stronger and put about 15-20 lbs on during a redshirt year and we can watch days lead the parade next year. It will be some battle between days and lee in 2012 which is the year i really think GT will be very good! Charles perkins will turn some heads in 2011! Watch out for this kid and days running the attack on offense as well.

Go Jackets

February 9th, 2011
10:05 pm

I’ve seen Days play. He’s good, but I haven’t seen anything that is much better than Washington. Just one man’s opinion, but I say we will have a true QB race that Vad Lee wins come September.

Buzz29

February 9th, 2011
11:25 pm

When was the last time we had a true freshman come in and start at QB?

I bet Calvin J can answer that…

Supersize that order, mutt

February 9th, 2011
11:33 pm

Mike Kelly in the 1970’s was probably the last true freshman to start at QB

Supersize that order, mutt

February 9th, 2011
11:34 pm

or was the forgettable Reggie Ball a true freshmen the first year he started?

Dense

February 9th, 2011
11:34 pm

I believe he broke his arm or something him JR year. I may have him confused with another recruit, but if he IS the one with the broken arm, that is why he was a lower rated recruit.

Tokyo jacket

February 10th, 2011
1:34 am

Buzz, the time before that was a guy by the name of Joe Hamilton.

Buzz29

February 10th, 2011
2:00 am

I forgot about Joe. I was just a mere lass (my wife thinks i’m still a lass minus the l) when #14 roamed The Flats. But I will never forget Reggie. I almost caught the infamous fourth down pass in athens. I’m sure there is a video on YouTube showing the pass float into the stands right in front of me. I’m the 6′4″ blonde with impecable abs and massive guns. Right. The scoreboard did say third down, btw.

brent cunningham

February 10th, 2011
6:26 am

let golden run the football, he will remind folks of me.

Paddy

February 10th, 2011
7:07 am

Ramblin Man……you are sooo right. Leadership was missing last season at GT. Doubt Golden can provide that as a true frosh? But I think your team is better off with this type of “stand up” guy in the program.

WnE

February 10th, 2011
7:45 am

re:
GT 94
February 9th, 2011
9:12 pm
________________
Only a geek, nerd, loser like the ones I went to school with at GT would think that the Star QB having sex with a chick at School is that big of deal.

Your comments are embarrassing to the entire GT fanbase.

So what Lemay had sex at School and the School Sytem over-reacted and punished him too harshly and he sat out his Sr. yr., care to guess how many times that same act happens at Schools that don’t involve Star All-american QBs?

It happens all the time and rarely is that same level of punishment handed out at the same level that Lemay got.

It really looks wimpy and G@Y for GT Fans to keep harping on the fact that a UGA.y Recruit got a “piece” during school hrs.

Give a rest you geek-nerd-loser-putzes!

WnE

February 10th, 2011
7:55 am

re:
Supersize that order, mutt
February 9th, 2011
5:46 pm
_____________________________
BTW, you do know that Vad Lee has NEVER run CPJ’s Offense in HS.

Vad Lee is a shotgun-spread passing QB, that CPJ “projects” to do well in his Offense.

Vad Lee said himself that he is a PASS-FIRST, run only as last option type of QB, which does not seem to fit well with what Teflon-CPJ likes to do.

All indications point to some level of deception or outright lying by CPJ to get Vad Lee to sign with GT, Vad Lee thinks that CPJ is going to change GT’s offense “just for him”, Vad Lee has said on many occasions that he is “a QB and NOT an athlete”, to him that means that he’s a passer and that’s how he wants to be known.

These are FACTS, Vad thinks he’s a pass-first, run only as a last option type of QB, how that attitude will reconcile with CPJ’s stubborness remains to be seen.

So for all those thinking that Vad is the “savior”, it’ll be awful hard to be a savior if the QB doesn’t want to take those “hits” that’s required to play in CPJ’s Triple-SLOPtion Offense.

NYCJacket

February 10th, 2011
8:02 am

@WnE

The rumor is that CPJ is going to assist the transition for Vad by adding a few plays from the Pistol formation to the playbook. CPJ has always said great coaches make adjustments to match the skill sets of his players.

Lee

February 10th, 2011
8:18 am

CPJ wants to throw the ball, does he want to throw it 50x a game, NO! When he has someone who can throw it 15-20 times a game and complete about 12-15 of those a game, then he will throw it. With Nesbitt going 6 for 20, do you really think we should have passed more? CPJ is stubborn, but he isn’t an idiot.

Down South Jacket

February 10th, 2011
8:19 am

WnE feels the need to say “geek, loser, nerds like I went to school with at GT”, because everything he writes is soooo anti-GT. Everyone knows he’s a UGA fan POSING as a GT alum/supporter. Why the need to jump in to defend Christian LeMay? Most REAL GT fans just scroll over items about UGA players on a GT blog and not respond, yet WnE felt so strongly about the UGA signee that he had to defend him. WnE is about as believable as the Easter Bunny.

Down South Jacket

February 10th, 2011
8:21 am

WnE is also the guy that stalked Vad Lee via Twitter to the point that Lee had to tell him to stop. A fine, upstanding individual is WnE.

Hayseed Dixie

February 10th, 2011
8:24 am

@WnE
“Only a geek, nerd, loser like the ones I went to school with at GT would think that the Star QB having sex with a chick at School is that big of deal.”

I don’t even know where to begin. No one cares that he is a practicing heterosexual. No one.

The fact that he’s a five star commit jeopardizing his scholarship, and a self-proclaimed Christian pulling that stuff shows he has Poor Judgement, Low Character, and is Probably Not That Smart. A common thread with UGA athletes (Mettenberger, Ealy, et. al.)

WnE

February 10th, 2011
8:35 am

re:
Lee
February 10th, 2011
8:18 am
______________________
While you take your shots at Josh’s passing, you do realize that Josh had similar passing stats as did Vad in HS, and Josh did his in the State of Ga. that is a good “couple of notches ABOVE” where NC HS FB is rated.

Josh was a better passer against tougher competition in HS than Vad, yet everyone thinks it is a shoo-in for Vad to come to the College level and be a better passer than was Josh.

With 20-hrs. per wk. practice limits imposed by the NCAA, Teflon-CPJ is the one that has to make a commitment to improving GT’s Passing game.

If CPJ really wanted to improve GT’s passing game then he would Recruit WRs as A-Backs instead of under-sized D1-AA RBs to serve as A-Backs at GT, and he would recruit better WRs rather than recruiting former HS QBs and “generic Athletes” and HOPING that they develop into BCS-Level WRs.

Since CPJ has been at GT he has only Recruited ONE BCS-Caliber WR (Hill), and he hasn’t panned out yet, instead of Recruting ONE every 3 yrs. CPJ needs to Recruit 3 BCS WRs EACH FEB. and then play some of them at A-Back.

Then and only then will Teflon-CPJ prove to me that he is serious about GT’s passing game.

Phil

February 10th, 2011
8:36 am

Hard to find anything positive to write about Tech it seems!