May 17, 2010

Golson set for busy summer

With classes wrapping up for the school year, the average high school student is beginning a few months of nothing more than relaxing and avoiding as many obligations as possible.

Senquez Golson isn't the average student.

Golson, a two-sport prospect, from Pascagoula, Miss., recently finished his baseball season, and from now until August, the outfielder on the baseball field and cornerback on the football field will be working to improve his stock in both sports.

Oh yeah, he's also running in the state track meet Monday.

"It's a busy and important time for me," Golson said. "I'm all about helping myself on the football field, and I'm mixing in as much baseball as possible. It's exciting, not nervous. It's great to have these opportunities."

Golson is an important part of several Pascagoula relay teams that have a chance at the state championship. He's also one of the best runners in the state in the 100 meters, but he was disqualified at South Half for starting early and isn't in the finals race.

"It's frustrating and terrible to be DQed," Golson said. "I just started a little early, and the guy that won the thing lost to me earlier. I beat him by about two steps."

That he's running track is a good sign for Golson. He was hampered by an ankle injury much of the 2010 baseball season, but the 6-foot, 180-pounder still hit over .400 hobbled.

Following the track meet, Golson will concentrate on college football camps this summer and mix in a little upper-level travel baseball. The highly-coveted cornerback has offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss and is picking up considerable interest from Alabama.

Golson will also play baseball at the next level, and some scouts have him targeted in the first 12 rounds of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. Playing around football events, Golson is playing baseball this summer with Marucci Elite, a Louisiana-based team that features some of the top players in the region.

Ole Miss baseball signees Gabe Woods and Ryan Bolden have played for Marucci, and 2011 commit Chris Ellis plans to this summer.

"I'm going to concentrate on football 100 percent this summer, but I'll have enough time to make some baseball games. My buddy (2012 baseball prospect Chase Nyman) is going to play with them also, so that's good to have him around."

Golson makes sure every school recruiting him is aware of his two-sport status. None have denied his request to participate in both.

The plan is to at minimum: camp at Ole Miss, attend a combine at Alabama, and Pascagoula is likely to attend a 7-on-7 camp at Mississippi State.

Right now, Golson doesn't have a public favorite, and he's anxious to see the schools again.

"I'm going to think hard and weigh my pros and cons this summer," Golson said. "I want to visit and ask questions and see how quickly I can play. What the plans are for me."

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