Golden backed away from his pledge to the Horned Frogs after the school and head coach Gary Patterson mutually agreed to part ways Sunday.
“Having the relationship that I had with Coach Patterson played a big role in my commitment,” Golden told On3’s Hayes Fawcett. “Seeing the head coach resign caught me off guard because I would have never thought it would be him. With that being said, me and my family felt that it was best for me to take a step back and re-open my recruitment.”
Texas is Golden’s first offer after his decomittment.
Golden is the No. 232 recruit in the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. In the 2022 On300, he slots in as the 74th-best player in the country.
Matthew Golden is not the only player contemplating their commitment to TCU
Matthew Golden may be one of the biggest names to leave the TCU recruiting class since the Sunday annoucement, but he is not the only one.
Saraland (Ala.) three-star defensive lineman Trevon McAlpine, the No. 837 recruit in the On3 Consensus, decommitted Monday.
West Monroe (La.) three-star safety Ja’dais Richard tweeted Tuesday that he was reopening his recruitment but did not explicitly say he was decommitting. Gladewater (Tex.) four-star wide receiver DJ Allen said he was not decommitting but did re-open his recruitment. Allen is the No. 173 player in the country and Richard is the No. 574 recruit.
If those two players also end up firmly decommitting, the 2022 Horned Frogs recruiting class would have only seven commits in it.
There is likely more news to come on this front as Early Signing Day is only six weeks away.