Austin Golson Decommits from Florida State: Is 4-Star OT Headed to SEC Now?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 29, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Florida State Seminoles have lost the commitment of 4-star offensive tackle Austin Golson.

This is a rather sizable recruiting loss for Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles, but Florida State's loss could ultimately be the SEC's gain.

Corey Dowlar of reports on Golson's decommitment. The 4-star recruit is reportedly uncertain about whether or not Florida State is still in the running, but a few SEC schools certainly seem to be, per Dowlar's report:

Golson made an official visit to Ole Miss, now considered the frontrunner for Golson, earlier this month. He just finished his trip to FSU this past weekend. Golson has also made an official visit to Alabama and previously had one planned for Auburn this upcoming weekend, but that could be on hold. 

It's worth noting and repeating that Florida State isn't officially out of the running for Golson just yet, but for all intents and purposes this looks like the SEC's recruiting race to lose from here on out.

Specifically for Ole Miss, landing the now former Florida State recruit would be a huge win.

Golson is 6'6'', 285 and he's ranked as the No. 8 offensive tackle in the 2013 class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He projects to be extremely talented at the college level, and at the very least he has incredible potential.

The Rebels are easily one of the hottest recruiting programs in the country right now, and elite recruits are considering Ole Miss to be a major option. Ole Miss just recently landed 5-star wideout Laquon Treadwell, and its considered to be the unofficial favorite for No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche.

Landing Golson would be yet another big recruiting win for Ole Miss, and it would be a statement commitment for Hugh Freeze and his staff. At least for now, the Rebels appear to be in the lead. They are the leader on his 247Sports interest list, followed by Florida State.

There's also Alabama and Auburn to consider here, and the Tigers could end up playing a major factor if he does indeed go through with his scheduled official visit. If not, I still wouldn't count out either Nick Saban or new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn on the recruiting trail. Malzahn is slowly but surely salvaging Auburn's recruiting class and Saban's prestige on the recruiting trail speaks for itself.

Florida State isn't officially out of the running just yet, but the odds are stacked against them.

The chances seem rather slim that Golson ends up playing football in any other conference but the SEC.

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