‘Not 100 percent'

Ole Miss rising sophomore offensive lineman Austin Golson is considering transferring following the conclusion of the spring semester.

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Golson, who played in 12 games on the offensive line, mostly at guard, said his upcoming decision is based primarily on his desire to be closer to his Prattville, Ala., home.

"My grandparents are going through a lot," he said in a phone interview with The Ole Miss Spirit. "I just want to explore my options, maybe get back closer to home. It's got nothing to do with the football aspect of it.

"The coaches and everything, I love them as much as anybody. They're great coaches, and they're going to do great things here. I just feel I need to be there for my family, my grandparents. I feel I need to move back closer. No decision has been made yet. I don't know what I'm going to do, I'm just exploring my options."

Ole Miss closed spring practices earlier this month. Despite missing some time due to injury, Golson was in line to start at right tackle. Should he leave, the Rebels would be down to three scholarship tackles currently on campus: Laremy Tunsil, Davion Johnson and Christian Morris.

Morris missed all of spring with an Achilles injury. A transfer from UCLA, he enrolled at Ole Miss in January. He has applied for a family hardship waiver for immediate eligibility. Ole Miss signed junior college offensive lineman and former Bowling Green tackle Fahn Cooper in February. He failed to meet academic requirements to enroll in the spring, though he's expected on campus in the summer.

"I'm not 100 percent," Golson said, adding he would like to like to have his mind made up "when the semester ends, but I'm not in any rush. I don't have any for sure date."

The 6-foot-5, 309-pound Golson was a U.S. Army All-American selection in high school and a consensus four-star prospect. He was rated the No. 10 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, choosing the Rebels over Florida State and others.

"I love being a starter here, but my family means more to me than football," he said. "That's just how it is with me. I love football. If I happen to stay, I happen to stay. We'll see what happens."

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