Golson Spurns Sox

After three days of drama, Senquez Golson turned down a multiyear contract from the Boston Red Sox late Monday night, instead opting to return to Ole Miss.

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The Red Sox drafted Golson, who flew to Boston Monday, with their eighth-round pick (262nd overall) of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft in June.

According to sources familiar with the discussions, negotiating between the two sides came down to the final 30 minutes or so of Monday's 11 p.m. CT deadline. Golson, an outfielder, turned down an offer well above slot position, with the final deal substantially north of $1 million.

Alex Speier of WEEI.COM in Boston reported the allure of remaining close to home and playing football exceeded the idea of joining the Red Sox and getting big money to start a baseball career to Golson.

Throughout the process, Golson, per sources, was dead-set on playing football for Ole Miss. Speier confirmed as much in his recent report, saying Golson was "torn even flying to New England." However, a few with influence on his decision were pushing him to sign. In the end, he is headed back to Oxford, where he will play both baseball and football.

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"He's right there," Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said of Golson, a cornerback, meaning he is right there in the two-deep depth chart behind starters Marcus Temple and Charles Sawyer and reserve Wesley Pendleton. "You know he's starting in nickel. You know he's starting dime."

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 Scout.com, after tallying three interceptions and five touchdowns over his senior season.

"There are three guys there, and he would be that fourth guy there in that nickel-dime situation. He's tough, raw. We want to use him outside his skill set," secondary coach Keith Burns said. "He's in a situation where he's physical, can press and play a rolled-up corner. And just try to take advantage of what he does at an early stage."

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