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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
FSU OT pledge Golson to visit Alabama

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It’s no secret that Alabama is recruiting ESPN 150 offensive tackle Austin Golson in case things don’t work out with Laremy Tunsil, but after last week’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl, maybe Golson shouldn’t be only the back-up plan.

The Florida State commitment more than held his own against some of the top recruits in the country, and he even earned the start over Tunsil, the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle.

Austin Golson
Austin Golson will visit Alabama and maybe Auburn, but he insists he's solid to the Seminoles.
“I had a great week, just to be able to go out there and compete with some of the top guys,” Golson said. “I worked my butt off, just trying to prove that I’m one of the top offensive linemen in the country. I started over the No. 1 offensive lineman in the country, which makes me feel like I held my own out there.”

Although Golson continues to compete against Tunsil on the field, off the field he says the two are good friends. Both he and Tunsil will be in Tuscaloosa this weekend for their official visits.

“I just want to see what Alabama has to offer, see what everything’s like,” Golson said. “I’ve been there a couple of times, but I just want to go back and be able to know for sure that I made the right decision.”

Alabama might not be the only in-state school still in the picture for Golson. Last week, Auburn hired former Florida State assistant coach Dameyune Craig, Golson’s main recruiter with the Seminoles. The 6-foot-6, 284-pound lineman says the move won’t affect his commitment, but he still wants to give the Tigers a look.

“I’m going to give Auburn a chance,” he said. “They’ve been recruiting me all along. They’ve been calling me, talking to me daily, but I don’t think that’s going to affect my decision with Florida State.”

Golson now wants to take one of his official visits to Auburn. He has plans to visit Ole Miss next weekend, and he already has taken an official visit to North Carolina.