1.Isaiah Golden

  • Defensive tackle
  • Carthage
  • 6-2, 315
  • committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU (per Golden)

A varsity player since his freshman season, Isaiah Golden tops the initial ETSN 25.

Golden had eight sacks apiece during the past two seasons, which he spent at Elysian Fields before moving to Carthage in March. He missed the first four games of his junior season, but still finished with eight sacks in seven games.

Golden will anchor the middle of the Bulldogs’ 4-3 Cover 2 defense and give plenty of protection to middle linebacker Trent Jackson, who led the Bulldogs in tackles in 2011. Golden joins returning starters Mario McCain and K'Aelin Ware to give Carthage a vaunted defensive front.

Golden is already on everyone’s radar in the recruiting game, so he should only continue to add offers, especially if he wavers on his Texas A&M commitment and shows that he’s still on the table. Golden has said an LSU offer could change his recruitment.

Golden's combination of size, quickness, and explosion off the ball are coveted on the defensive line and make him deserving of the No. 1 spot in the preseason ETSN 25.

The Preseason ETSN 25

No. 1: Isaiah Golden, DT, Carthage

No. 2: Fred Ross, WR, John Tyler

No. 3: Corion Webster, RB, Atlanta

No. 4: Dac Shaw, LB, Mineola

No. 5: Dylan Cantrell, WR, Whitehouse

No. 6: LaQuintas Wallace, RB, Tyler Lee

No. 7: Tyus Bowser, DE/LB, John Tyler

No. 8: D.J. Dean, ATH, Newton

No. 9: Greg Ward, ATH, John Tyler

No. 10: Bivins Caraway, QB, Longview

No. 11: Lucas Askew, TE/WR, Harmony

No. 12: Damien Haskins, RB, New Boston

No. 13: Tristan Durden, DT, Tatum

No. 14: Nick Siler, OL, Henderson

No. 15: Syd Moore, DT, Van

No. 16: Patrick "Monster" Brown, ATH, Henderson

No. 17: Everett Dickerson, ATH, Atlanta

No. 18: Zacchaeus Page, OL, Tyler Lee

No. 19: Darion Flowers, WR, John Tyler

No. 20: Demontrai Lewis, DE, Lufkin

No. 21: Jonathan Hunt, DT, Texas High

No. 22: JaBryce Taylor, WR, Lufkin

No. 23: Tre Allen, ATH, Chapel Hill

No. 24: Justice Liggins, WR, John Tyler

No. 25: Trey Washington, DB, Gilmer