Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Austin Golson headed to Ole Miss
By Corey Dowlar
ESPN 150 offensive tackle Austin Golson (Prattville, Ala./Prattville) had a tough choice to make. Would the four-star tackle, ranked No. 52 in the ESPN 150 head to the SEC and one of the hottest programs around, or would he stick with the team, Florida State, he had been committed to for nearly two years.
In the end, though, it was the Rebels that would win out. And Hugh Freeze earned another top prospect in a class already full of them.
What it means for Ole Miss: Should the Rebels land the country's top offensive tackle prospect in Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla,/Columbia), they would be set up very nicely for the future with two elite tackles to build around. It should give Ole Miss versatility to run or pass and carry out a balanced offensive attack.
What it means for Florida State: At a major position of need, this isn't good news for the Seminoles at all. They'll have to try to go another direction late in the game, or double up in the next recruiting cycle to establish some depth.
Turning point: His official visit to Ole Miss combined with the departure of former FSU QB coach Dameyune Craig. Once Craig left for Auburn, it opened the door for another team to come in and impress, and that is exactly what the Rebels did.
Surprise (scale of 1-5): 1. Following Golson's decommitment after his official visit to Florida State, it appeared ominous that Oxford was the place for him. Decommitting from the school a prospect was committed to after an official visit is a pretty big sign.
Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 2. Golson is a big, well-put-together lineman that has good strength to play in a pinch. Unless truly special, however, offensive linemen rarely win starting jobs after just a few months on campus.