FSU Pledge Sets UNC Visit

In spite of his verbal commitment to Florida State, Austin Golson, a four-star prospect, plans to officially visit other schools – starting with North Carolina.

"I want to make sure that Florida State was the right place for me," Golson said. "[UNC] assured me that they still wanted me, so we started talking."

UNC offered Golson very early in the recruiting process but halted its recruitment of the 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive lineman from Prattville (Ala.) when he committed to Florida State in April. Golson and Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach, reopened the lines of communication last week.

"He told me that I would have a chance to play and that they're only taking one more at offensive line," Golson said.

Kapilovic and Golson scheduled an official visit for this coming weekend.

"I'm hoping to really see what it's like, because I don't know too much about North Carolina," Golson said.

Throughout the recruiting process, Golson has collected scholarship offers from schools nationwide. He credits Kapilovic for his curiosity in the Tar Heels and the subsequent scheduling of a UNC official visit.

"Coach Kap' has been recruiting me since Day 1," Golson said. "And I feel like they really want me and need me, so I thought it would be a good idea to see what it was like."

If this story sounds somewhat similar, it should. Almost a year ago, Kapilovic recruited a highly regarded offensive lineman from Alabama who was committed elsewhere – Caleb Peterson. That situation eventually resulted in Peterson switching to UNC.

With Golson, though, the competition is going to be more difficult. Besides Florida State and UNC, he is considering Alabama.

"Those are the schools I'm focused on," Golson said. "I just want to make sure whatever I chose is the right place."

Golson is scheduled to officially visit Alabama the weekend of Jan. 5 and Florida State the weekend of Jan. 18.

During his senior year, Golson anchored a line that helped the Prattville offense average 285.1 yards rushing.

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