Surprise Visitor! Standout LB on UofL campus

Brandon Golston signed with South Carolina last year after posting monster numbers at Matthews (SC) Calhoun County. But after spending a year at Fork Union Military Academy, Golston might be looking for a new college. The former three-star prospect is on campus at Louisville.

Brandon Golson has a huge upside.

The three-star linebacker from Saint Matthews, SC signed with South Carolina last year out of high school, but didn't meet USC's strict admission standards despite meeting NCAA standards and spent a season at Fork Union Military Academy.

Now, Golson, regarded as one of the Top 30 post-graduate prospects in the country, is making an official visit to Louisville to take a closer look at Charlie Strong's football program.

Golson, 6-3, 220, was a standout this year at Fork Union, one of the top prep football factories in the country.


Former South Carolina signee Brandon Golson is a surprise visitor for Louisville this week.
"He had a good year for us," a Fork Union assistant told InsideTheVille.com Wednesday. "He's a long, rangy prospect. He stepped up and played to his talent-level this season. He did some good things for us. He made plays when the ball was ran his way."

Relatively new to the game of football, Golson only played 20 games in high school. But he made the most of his time, racking up 191 tackles and 48 sacks while earning South Carolina Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2010, in addition to a spot in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. He was rated the nation's No. 15 linebacker prospect by ESPN.com.

Extremely athletic, Golson recorded 130 tackles and 30 sacks as a high school senior before signing with South Carolina. Though he played all over the field in high school, from linebacker and defensive end to wide receiver and kick returner, Golson projects as an outside linebacker in college.

"He's a pretty athletic guy," Golson's coach said. "I could see him at outside linebacker or putting his hand in the dirt. He's a fast guy. I could just see him being a rush end. I think he's a very versatile prospect."

As a junior, Golson logged 78 tackles and 18 sacks in just six games before his season was cut short by injury.

Golson, rated the No. 105 outside linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com, was ranked the No. 22 prospect in the state of South Carolina.


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