March 24, 2010

Two-sport star has Ole Miss visit scheduled

There's one negative to being a high-level baseball prospect. It interferes with the time to check out schools as a major football recruit.

So is the life of Senquez Golson.

The Pascagoula, Miss., two-sport star is one of the top cover corners in the state for 2011, and he's also a likely target of a Major League Baseball franchise come the June 2011 First Year Player Draft. Most football prospects are attending junior days and taking every chance to visit spring practices, but Golson's schedule doesn't allow a lot of that activity.

He's busy with his baseball season.

"Baseball is the important thing for me right now," Golson said. "I'm fitting in everything I can, and I want to see some schools, of course. I'll find time, but it's not easy. I'm looking forward to spring break."

That week off will give Golson a free weekend to get in some visit time. The 6-foot, 180-pounder will get his first look at Ole Miss those three days. Currently, Golson's offers are the Rebels and Mississippi State. He's planning to spend the weekend (April 1-3) in Oxford, Miss., viewing spring football practice and the Diamond Rebels' series with Tennessee.

"It's a two-sport visit," Golson said. "I'm not really sure what I'm looking for, but I hope it's a great campus. I want to see a nice campus and great baseball being played. Small stuff like that."

After the outing in Oxford, Golson will prepare for the NIKE combine in Baton Rouge, La., April 17. He's also been invited to an ESPNU event during the summer.

"I want to get a true 40 time, because I haven't done that in a long time," Golson said. "And hopefully I can guard some big names and big people. I want to test myself."

Golson has been waiting on a chance to log an official 40-yard dash time for a while, but he'll need to heal between now and Baton Rouge. Golson injured his ankle and has missed several baseball games due to the ailment. He returned over the weekend but is still hampered.

Speaking of baseball, the chatter regarding his draft stock has increased, although he still has approximately 15 months before the draft. Sources have told Golson is currently being projected as high as the fourth round and somewhere around the eighth round on average.

"I'm sure I'll start to worry about it more over the summer," Golson said. "Scouts are starting to talk, and it's more on my mind, but there's a long way to go. Nothing to focus on yet."

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