Golson talks South Carolina offer

This week a familiar name found itself back on South Carolina's radar. Former Carolina signee -- and current Georgia Military College standout -- Brandon Golson was offered by the Gamecocks again. Look inside as Golson discusses that offer, when a decision will come and the chances he becomes a Gamecock again.

Georgia Military College LB Brandon Golson's path to major college football has been a long one.

The 6-foot-2, 233-pound prospect originally signed with South Carolina out of Calhoun County HS in 2010.


Brandon Golson practices at Calhoun County High School.
When he didn't qualify, he enrolled at Fork Union Military Academy for a semester, intent on enrolling at South Carolina the next spring. But when he was told in January that he wouldn't qualify to enroll at USC at the time, he instead enrolled at Louisville.

Golson went through spring practice at Louisville, but had to leave after his qualifying test score was reportedly flagged and thrown out.

Golson then enrolled at GMC where he had a productive first season with 24 total tackles and an incredible 17 sacks in 10 games, according to NJCAA.org.

That brings Golson's path to right now -- he's got scholarship offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Middle Tennessee State and as of earlier this week, South Carolina.

"It was kind of weird," Golson said of his initial reaction to getting the Carolina offer. "I thought they weren't going to offer again after the fact I didn't get in the first time."

"Apparently, they didn't give up on me," he added. "They offered me again, so I told them I would wait a little bit to see what happens. I just want to wait right now [before making a decision]."

Golson says he hasn't had the chance to talk much with South Carolina about how he would be used, but he believes special teams coach Joe Robinson has taken over his recruitment.

While Golson chose not to name a leader, he did say that many of the same characteristics that made South Carolina attractive the first time around still stand out to him now.

"That's my home team, I guess," he said. "A bunch of my former teammates went there and they're doing alright. I think I would fit right in, probably, if I was to go there."

Golson admits he doesn't know much about the other schools that have offered him.

"I'm planning on taking some visits to the schools that I haven't been to before," he says. "Like Kansas, I would like to see them."

Golson, who says he's looking for a comfort level with the coaching staff he eventually chooses, says that the distance from home (when he visits), and how much he likes the trips would determine if he ends up signing with South Carolina again.

Golson was a sack machine in high school as a defensive end -- at GMC, he's made the transition to being a sack machine from his linebacker position, which is where he would likely play at the next level.

"I've learned a lot. It's pretty easy, I guess," he says of the transition. "I like blitzing and getting after the quarterback, so that's what they have me doing most of the time."

Golson hopes to make a decision by the time his second season at GMC starts. He says he's on track to enroll in January at the school of his choice.


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