Easy Decision

It ended up not being much of a decision after all for Will Golsan. The Mississippi Class 5A Player of the Year knew where he wanted to go all along.

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"It's always been my dream to play at Ole Miss," said the 6-foot-1, 160-pound shortstop who can also play second base and third base. "And that's what I get to do now."

His dream has indeed been fulfilled. But not exactly "now." Golsan will sign with the Rebels in November and play his senior season of high school baseball as New Hope high School in Lowndes County tries to repeat what it accomplished in the spring of 2013.

The Trojans, a tradition-rich baseball school, won the 5A state title over Pascagoula High School in the championship series played at Trustsmark Park in Pearl. Golsan said it was a good season for New Hope capped by a terrific run in the playoffs.

"We did a pretty good job at the beginning of the season but had a few miscues toward the end," he said. "But we got it all together in the playoffs and started rolling."

A lot of the success the Trojans had this season can be attributed to him. Golsan batted .541 this past season as a junior with 18 doubles, two triples, and three home runs. He also had 22 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Golsan also pitched for NHHS and was 3-0 on the mound with a 0.81 ERA to go with his 44 strikeouts. This summer he is playing for the Meridian Golden Spikes.

Golsan said it's in the field that he really believes he is at his best.

"I'm more of a defensive player," he said. "I like to be loud on the field, and I like to talk to my players. I can hit, and I put the ball in play. I can move runners over, play a little small ball."

His goals for the coming school year aren't flashy, but they are what you'd expect.

Golsan skies to grab one
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"I want to get back and win another state championship," he said. "I personally need to keep working hard and keep getting better every day."

Golsan was recruited by Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Delta State, Meridian Community College, and several other community colleges. But when the Rebels came calling, it was an easy call to take – and to make.

"I grew up an Ole Miss fan, and I lived in Aberdeen," he said. "My mom went to the campus of Ole Miss in Tupelo. It's just been a childhood dream of mine to play at Ole Miss. I watched them on TV, but I didn't get to watch them play (in person) much because of baseball. Like I said, it's just been my dream."

His Mississippi Player of the Year selection came after the state tournament and was chosen by high school coaches. Golsan was also on the all-state team of the Clarion-Ledger.

Golsan becomes the ninth player in the Class of 2014 Rebels. He joins Ti'Quan Forbes, INF, Columbia (Miss.) High School; Tate Blackman, INF, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, Fla.; John Wesley Ray, RHP, Christian Brothers High School, Memphis, Tenn.; Brady Feigl, RHP, Central High School, Chesterfield, Mo.; Foster Griffin, LHP, The First Academy, Orlando, Fla.; Michael Fitzsimmons, 1B/3B Memphis (Tenn.) University School; Kyle Watson, INF, Desoto Central (Miss.) High School; and Grayson Moyes, OF, Collierville (Tenn.) High School.

Golsan said he's glad to have the decision of where to attend college and to play baseball behind him.

"It's a big relief," he said. "It's nice to know I have a place to play and that I don't have to look around anymore."

Not that he really looked around all that much anyway. For Will Golsan it was the Ole Miss Rebels all along. And he's looking forward to competing against the instate Bulldogs and representing the Rebels on the diamond.

"I talked to Mississippi State a couple of times," he said. "But deep down Ole Miss is where I always wanted to go. It should be fun."

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