July 15, 2010

Golson upping his baseball stock at East Cobb

Senquez Golson had planned to attend Ole Miss' one-day senior camp this weekend, but baseball obligations are going to interfere with that visit to Oxford, Miss.

And it likely won't be the last time baseball becomes the focal point in Golson's recruitment.

The Pascagoula, Miss., two-sport prospect was named to the Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen team Wednesday for his superb play on the football field, but only hours after that announcement, Golson was on the baseball field, pursing a national title.

Golson - a speedy centerfielder - has spent the month of July with Marucci Elite 16, a top-tier travel team out of Louisiana. A 16-year-old team, Marucci advanced to the elimination round of the World Wood Bat Association 17u National Championship last week in Marietta (East Cobb), Ga., and is a favorite in the WWBA 16u National Championship that began Tuesday.

In its two pool play games thus far, Golson's team beat the defending national champions - Triple Threat Bearcats, based out of Pennsylvania - 10-3 and shutout the East Cobb Yankees, 6-0.

Considering the success, Golson's planned Ole Miss visit Saturday isn't doable.

"I really wanted to go over there and see everything again, but we're going to still be playing and trying to win this thing," Golson said. "I hate it, but I know the opportunity we have over here, and I'm trying to focus on that."

Golson has upped his baseball stock while at East Cobb. Prior to the summer, sources told RebelGrove.com that Golson was a draft possibility in the first 12 rounds. But, as of this week, multiple scouts are slotting Golson in the third-to-fifth round area of the 2011 Draft. However, sources have indicated that it could take a seven-figure dollar amount after taxes to lure Golson away from college.

The 6-foot, 180-pounder reached first base from the right-handed batter's box in 4.03 seconds, according to one scout, and he had two outfield assists during the WWBA 17u tournament.

"I'm trying to showcase my speed and my athletic ability and my arm," Golson said. "I've been kind of disappointed with my bat and want it to improve. The wood took some getting used to, and you have to hit the barrel. But I've beat out some ground balls and just tried to make contact."

When this trip ends, Golson won't have long before football begins. Pascagoula starts fall camp July 26, and Golson is expected to be on the field the majority of the time - adding Wildcat duties to his responsibilities.

"I'm not even thinking about being tired," Golson said. "I'll be ready to go when I get back home. I'm all about football and baseball and have to show that I can do both at the same time. That's what I'm going to do in college."

Ole Miss holds a comfortable lead for Golson, ahead of Florida State and Alabama. He said the Rebels are recruiting him the hardest, and he could make a college decision in the near future.

"It could be anytime," Golson said. "Whenever I wake up one day and am ready to do that. It may be soon. It may be after my first football game this season."

...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now!