June 11, 2010

Golson names a leader, top three

Senquez Golson just spent two days at Alabama, talking to the Crimson Tide coaches and getting a look at the campus and environment.

But it's another Southeastern Conference school that Golson currently has at the top. In fact, the defending national champions are just on the podium.

"It's Ole Miss first, then Florida State and then Alabama," Golson said. "I like the way Ole Miss takes care of its players, and I like the way they run their defense, really everything about them."

Golson has only seen Ole Miss on one occasion. Back during the spring, the Pascagoula, Miss., cornerback viewed a spring football practice and watched the Friday and Saturday Ole Miss baseball games against Tennessee, April 2 and April 3.

He'll return this weekend with his high school team for a 7-on-7 passing tournament. Games will be played inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and in the indoor practice facility.

"I'm looking forward to getting back up there and competing," Golson said. "Let the coaches see me and try to win it all."

The 6-foot, 190-pounder is a two-sport star that is also a top outfielder. Around football camps, Golson is playing baseball with Pascagoula's legion team and occasionally Marucci Elite, an upper-level travel team out of Louisiana.

Golson will play both sports at the collegiate level, and early projections have him a possible top-15 round selection in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.

Marucci is competing in the B.E.S.T. Ole Miss Showcase at Swayze Field June 16-June 19, but Golson is uncertain about that trip. A football obligation may have him wanting a little break.

"I just don't know," Golson said. "I'm going to Florida State for a couple days next week and may want to get away from it all for a couple weeks. I've played a lot of baseball and am getting my camps in. It would be fun, but I'll have to see."

While in Tuscaloosa this week, Golson talked to head coach Nick Saban and other defensive coaches. The camp was mostly instructional, but Alabama made a sales pitch during the visit.

"They told me who all is leaving how they need defensive backs," Golson said. "They want me to play there and to keep them in mind. It went well."

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