Cruising along as one of the top players in the country this fall, the world turned upside down for him after the sixth game of the year when he was in an automobile accident. Suffering a broken femur, Golston suddenly began to see things in a different light. Now almost three months later, he says the road to recovery has been a slow one.
"It's probably too soon to tell," he says about his recovery time. "It's been tough to going from doing pretty much anything you want to do physically to being limited, like having to have somebody help you put your pants on." Now off crutches for three weeks, Golston says that he is ready to resume a normal life once again.
Kedric Golston is a highly-regarded prospect.
Despite the seriousness of his injury schools didn't stop recruiting him, at least most of them didn't anyway. Still considered to be a prime catch for colleges around the country, Golston says he has narrowed his list down to just a few lucky schools.
"I have it down to three now," he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's Georgia, Auburn, and Tennessee." Just back from an official visit to Knoxville last weekend, the big defensive lineman says that the trip went well but he's still looking hard at the Dogs and Tigers. "It was nice, I had a good time," he says of his visit to see the Vols.
While Tennessee is in the running, you can obviously tell that this looks to be developing into a two-team race heading down the back stretch.
"I like Georgia just because I like the city of Athens and the coaching staff," he says. "I like Coach (Rodney) Garner a lot and Coach (Mark) Richt. It would just be fun to play for your home state school. Auburn I like for the fact that it's probably just like Georgia. Even though it's not the home state school it is probably 50-50 in the state of Georgia for Auburn and Georgia. They are pretty much even in that area and I like Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and Coach (Eddie) Gran. They've really got a good family base down there as far as everybody is on the same page because they have been together so long."
Totaling 42 tackles and 10 sacks in just six games before the accident, the 6-4, 255 Golston says that he thought he was on the way to a really good year. As a junior he finished with 12 sacks and 88 tackles while playing a number of different positions on the defensive front, a task he carried over into his senior year.
Golston has enough confidence in his own ability that he says he is not particularly worried about who is returning or not returning on defense for the teams he is considering. "I'll look at depth charts, but it's not a priority.," he says. "I'm not going to go to a place where they have eight defensive tackles and they are all sophomores and juniors. That's a battle that I wouldn't have to fight. But, if they have four or five that's fine, I'm not scared of competition."
Down 30 pounds from his playing weight before the accident, Golston was benching 385 pounds and had a max of 530 in the squat. With a personal best time of 4.8 seconds in the40-yard dash and a consistent 4.9 time overall, Golston should return to form just in time to make some lucky team happy next fall.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Golston says that he doesn't plan on taking any more official visits following his trips to Georgia on January 11 and Auburn on January 18. As a matter of fact he says he will announce his decision live on Countdown To Signing Day the weekend he returns from the Plains. The popular recruiting television show is hosted by TheInsiders.com's very own Jamie Newberg.
The following are the rosters for the Dec. 29th Florida vs. Georgia All-Star Game at the Georgia Dome:
Joel Statham (QB) Murray County
Chansi Stuckey (QB) Northside
Michael Cooper (RB) Screven County
Preston Stricklin (RB) East Coweta
Kenny Irons (RB) Dacula
Nick Turner (RB) Washington
Jason Earwood (RB) Starr's Mill
Brent Thomas (RB) Pebblebrook
John Harris (WR) Americus
Corey Stewart (OL) Brookwood
Bartley Miller (OL) The Marist School
Brad Brezina (OL) Athens Academy
Jonathan Hall (OL) Murray County
Scott Conley (OL) McEachern
Antonio Mercier (OL) Washington-Wilkes
Marcus McNeil (OL) Cedar Grove
Michael Turner (TE) Brookwood
Leonard Pope (TE) Americus
Zack Smith (TE) East Coweta
Julian Jenkins (DL) Woodward Academy
Marcus Jackson (DL) Norcross
Chris Bradwell (DL) Chattahoochee
Aaron Scranton (DL) Buford
Randall Swoopes (DL) Clarke Central
Tyrone Cox (LB) Banneker
Anthony Cannon (LB) Stephenson
Jerome Jones (LB) Lakeside
Donnell Clark (LB) Griffin
Jeff Francoeur (DB) Parkview
Olaolu Sanni-Osomo (DB) LaGrange
Brandon Mitchell (DB) Mays
DeMario Minter (DB) Stephenson
BJ Fields (DB) Camden County
John Deraney (P,K) Fayette County
Justin Rascati (QB) Buchholz
Wyatt Sexton (QB) Leon
Dontavious Wilcox (RB) Rockledge
Leon Washington (RB) Jackson
Bernard Smith (RB) Lake Wales
Dishon Platt (WR) Charlotte
Chris Davis (WR) St. Petersburg Catholic
Darnell Jenkins (WR) Central
Julius McClellen (WR) Kathleen
Lonnie Davis (TE) Ed White
Robert Young (OL) Pine Forest
John Miller (OL) Glades Central
Mark Schwartz (OL) Satellite Beach
Max Jean-Giles (OL) North Miami Beach
Randy Hand (OL) Estero
Ryan Carter (OL) South Lake
Broderick Bunkley (DL) Chamberlin
Chris Anderson (DL) Mandarin
Rhema Fuller (DL) Cocoa
Brian Rackley (DL) Chiles
Julius Wilson (DL) Southeast
Buster Davis (LB) Daytona Beach Mainland
Othellus Swift (LB) Apopka
Sam McGrew (LB) Wakulla
D'Qwell Jackson (LB) Seminole
Earl Newby (LB) Palm Beach Gardens
Willie Demps (LB) Washington
Nikkieda Rutland (DB) Southeast
Brandon Merriweather (DB) Apopka
Glen Sharpe (DB) Carol City
Travarous Bain (DB) Northwestern
Jerramy Scott (DB) Dwyer
John Peattie (K) Countryside