Sycamore’s Golden second Aviator in Class of 2009 to choose Illinois

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Another highly-recruited Cincinnati-area football player has made a decision to continue his career in the Big Ten.

Cincinnati Sycamore senior running back Bud Golden orally committed to
Illinois Thursday night after he had several offers from Division I
schools.

Golden, who rushed for 1,134 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, is the second Sycamore senior to commit to Illinois.


Another highly-recruited Cincinnati-area football player has made a decision to continue his career in the Big Ten.

Cincinnati Sycamore senior running back Bud Golden orally committed to Illinois Thursday night after he had several offers from Division I schools.

Golden, who rushed for 1,134 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, is the second Sycamore senior to commit to Illinois.

Wide receiver/safety Steve Hull, an all-Greater Miami Conference defensive player in 2007, committed to Illinois earlier this summer.

“That had a big influence,” Golden told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We’re close friends, growing up together since first grade.”

Golden, who is 6 feet and 190 pounds, averaged 6.3 yards per carry in nine games for the Aviators last season. He saw limited action at the end of the season because of a nagging hamstring. However, Sycamore coach Scott Dattilo said Golden is healthy and ready for the 2008 season.

Golden, who is rated the No. 17 player in the 2009 class by Ohio High Magazine, had offers that included Cincinnati , Illinois , Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Purdue.

Ohio High Magazine recruiting editor Duane Long said Golden reminds him of former Ohio State and Akron Buchtel star Antonio Pittman.

“Golden has the same efficient style – an economy of motion,” Long wrote in a recruiting profile. “Other runners might be more dazzling but runners like Golden and Pittman beat you.”

Just this week, Golden had narrowed his choices to Illinois, Indiana and North Carolina State.

“I liked the coaches and just felt comfortable at Illinois,” Golden told the Enquirer.

Sycamore, which was 9-2 in 2007, opens the season

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