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2026 4-Star DE Elijah Golden: IMG Academy (FL)

In the bustling world of high school football, one young man has been himself known: Elijah Golden. Hailing from the powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, this 6’4, 260-pound force of nature has been turning heads with his prowess on the field. As a versatile Defensive End for the IMG National Team, Golden’s impact is undeniable, both on and off the gridiron.

When asked about his journey into football, Golden reminisced, “I picked up a basketball before I picked up football and one day I was playing outside and my neighbor asked If I wanted to play football and at the time I was 7. I’ve been playing football since then. Football is a sport that I love and is a sport that I have fun playing.”

But Golden’s success isn’t just the result of natural talent. Behind the scenes, he credits his father and brother as his primary mentors, stating, “My Father and my brother help train me. Those the two who mainly train me.” Their guidance and expertise have undoubtedly played a pivotal role in shaping Golden into the formidable athlete he is today.

On the recruiting front, Golden’s star continues to rise. With 12 offers already under his belt, including interest from prestigious institutions like Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, UNC, West Virginia, and Maryland, his future in collegiate football looks promising. Reflecting on his recruitment journey, Golden revealed, “My recruiting is going good I currently have 12 offers. My recruitment started my 8th grade summer going into 9th grade.”

Despite the demands of his athletic pursuits, Golden remains committed to honing his skills during the off-season. “I prepare by working out after school for about a hour and do some running after practice as well,” he shared. This dedication and discipline undoubtedly set him apart as a player to watch.

Beyond the gridiron, Golden’s unique qualities shine through. “What makes me unique is my mindset and work ethic,” he affirmed. Indeed, it’s this unwavering determination and drive that distinguish him not only as an athlete but as a young man of character.

As the upcoming football season looms on the horizon, all eyes are on Elijah Golden. With his talent, tenacity, and unwavering commitment to excellence, the sky's the limit for this rising star in the world of football.

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