Garrett Golday Commits to Golden Eagles

Garrett Golday (Arlington) ended his college basketball recruitment Saturday with a commitment to Tennessee Tech.

“We committed,” said father Clay Golday.  “We went on a visit and decided to make the verbal commitment.  We can’t sign until November 10th.”

Signing will be a mere formality as the entire Golday clan is 100% behind this decision.  The fit just works emotionally, geographically, academically, athletically.

“I felt like they were close knit family,” said Garrett Golday.  “It is a homey place that I could see myself being there for awhile.  I couldn’t see anything bad about it.  Another thing is this school recruiting me harder than any other school.  They came to every single one of my games.  They came to my school at least twice a year.  They called as soon as they were allowed and texted.

Which other schools were in the picture?

“We have taken several unofficials,” said Mr. Golday.  “This was the first (official).  They just did everything right, from the time we got to campus, taking us out to eat, showing us the dorms.  He got to meet with the engineering department.”

Garrett intends to study mechanical engineering.  It will be a daunting, purpose-driven task.

Garrett Golday enters college with a vision.

“Engineering,” said Garrett Golday.  “I am just really good at math and science.  I just thought I would do what I am good at that makes money.”

Engineering was a foundation of Tennessee Tech’s formation.  The school’s mission is to serve as “the state’s only technological university is to provide leadership and outstanding programs in engineering, the sciences, and related areas that benefit the people of Tennessee and the nation.”

Though Golday was initially open to any D1 school, but his academic preference began to effect the pool.

“We narrowed our schools down to tech schools,” said Mr. Golday.  “We were wanting to go to somewhere with a very good engineering program.”

According to Mr. Golday Middle Tennessee “showed some interest.  Samford showed interest.  Morehead State showed interest.  Mid-majors.  Mississippi State showed a little interest at team camp this year.”

Tennessee Tech was both the most persistent and most in line with Golday’s academic goals.


Tennessee Tech Head Coach Steve Payne knew Clay and his wife before they were Clay and his wife.

“Me and his mother both played at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee,” said Mr. Golday.  “Coach Payne was my graduate assistant at Union College.”

Like most men in sales (recruiting) Coach Payne gives sparkling first impressions.

“He is a great guy,” said Mr. Golday.  “Their whole staff.  It is close to home.  We will be able to go to UT Martin, Murray State, Austin Peay.  It is not too far of a drive from Memphis over to Cookeville.  They were at every AAU game over this summer.  They have been watching him since about tenth grade.  Calling, emailing, text messaging.”

Golday wants to credit Assistant Coach Jason Taylor with maintaining contact.

“(He) was a very big part of my recruitment,” said Golday.  “And then Coach Payne was also a very big part of my recruitment.”

Tennessee Tech adds Golday to the Class of 2018 (Caden Mills).  He will sign in November and likely move in after graduation (spring).

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