Auburn A Finalist For Defensive Star

This Peach State defender has narrowed his list down to a select three schools.

Tyrone, Ga.--Playing football can sometimes be a gift. That's the way that star defensive tackle Kedric Golston from Sandy Creek High looks at it now.

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:

Georgia All-Stars

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


Florida All-Stars

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


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