Gamecock Football Recruiting: Could Brandon Golson Finally Make It To South Carolina?
Tell me if this name rings a bell.
Remember him? He signed with the Gamecocks in February 2010 only to be denied admission to South Carolina. When he couldn't enroll at USC, he played for a season at Fork Union Military School with hopes of gaining eligibility to enroll at South Carolina. He tried that and then in January of 2011, he failed to qualify. Golson then found a new home with the Louisville Cardinals and was all set to play football there when the NCAA red-flagged his ACT score and ruling him ineligible to play for the school.
It's a long story but there's still more.
Golson then decided he would attend the new Gray Military Academy in West Columbia. However, he ended up playing at Georgia Military College, a JUCO school, where he had 17 sacks in 10 games played. Golson is now a sophomore at GMC and apparently was offered by South Carolina according to his teammate Trenton Brown on Twitter.
We all know the talent is there with Golson. His 2009 season looked like this in high school: 113 tackles and 30 sacks. He was considered a "raw" prospect but this is the type of talent you just can't pass up. Golson is currently 6'3" and 220 pounds according to his Rivals.com profile. I imagine he could play some outside linebacker/defensive end for the Gamecocks depending on the situation.
He appears to be a candidate that could be eligible to play in 2013 and if South Carolina did indeed offer, I would imagine he would love the opportunity to play for the school that gave him a chance in 2010.
It's been a long road for Brandon Golson but this one could have a happy ending.