Decision Looms

Ole Miss freshman cornerback Senquez Golson called reports that he has signed a multiyear contract with the Boston Red Sox "inaccurate" Saturday night, moments after Ole Miss concluded its first full-contact scrimmage inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

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Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game first reported that Golson and the Red Sox had agreed to terms. However, while negotiations are ongoing, no contract has been finalized. Golson said a decision should be made later tonight or tomorrow.

"I honestly can't tell you. I guess you could say we're still negotiating," he said. "(The decision) will be finalized either by tonight or tomorrow. That's all I can say right now. I don't know much.

"We're still talking about it. Still some small things that I don't like. I guess you could say it's going to get worked out. I don't know. I don't know what's going to happen."

News broke in the opening stages of the scrimmage. Golson, meanwhile, was standing on the opposing sidelines with his teammates. He played sparingly with the second and third teams and was credited with one tackle.

Senquez Golson
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"I came out and played hard, as if I'm going to be here," Golson said. "It's been like this all year. Started this summer with football recruiting, then it came (again) after baseball season."

"I'm a baseball fan, but I don't like baseball right now," Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said. "I don't worry about that. I'm going to sit down with his mom and dad sometime and we'll see. I know they've got to make a decision. It's a tough deal. They're offering him a lot of money."

The Red Sox drafted Golson, an outfielder, with their eighth-round pick (262nd overall) of the Major League Baseball draft in June. The deadline for Major League teams to sign 2011 draft picks is August 15.

Boston substantially increased its offer late this week, pushing the contract numbers well above slot position for an eighth-round pick. Major League Baseball recommends a contract number (i.e., slot position) to offer draft picks depending on where said player was selected in the draft.

The Red Sox are notorious for offering well above slot position to sign a player.

"I want him here, but I'm selfish. I want him to do what's best for him," Nutt said. "I want him to do what's best for his family and for him to feel good about it. Their family will make the right decision.

"But as you can see, he's going to be a really good football player."

Golson's parents arrived in Oxford for the weekend, as did a Red Sox representative, for negotiating purposes.

"We'll probably sit down and talk it out and see what's what," Golson said. "I don't know what's going to happen. I'm just sitting around, playing it by ear."

A Pascagoula, Miss., product, Golson hit .325 with three home runs, 23 RBI and 16 steals as a senior. He enrolled at Ole Miss in July, and has quickly made an impression. He has worked his way up to the second team and is vying for considerable playing time in his true freshman season.

The 18-year-old Golson was a member of the recruiting class of 2011. He was rated a four-star recruit and the No. 25 cornerback in the nation by, after tallying three interceptions and five touchdowns over his senior season.

"As long as he's out here in this uniform, that Ole Miss helmet on, we're going to practice as hard as we can go and don't miss a beat," Nutt said.

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