- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- It hasn’t been easy for ESPN 150 offensive lineman Austin Golson (Prattville, Ala./Prattville) this week at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game. He’s had to go up against top defensive line prospects such as Dee Liner and Darius Paige all week at practice, but he knows it’s only making him better.
“It has been a challenge, but it’s just competition,” Golson said. “It makes me better. I hope I make them better. We’re just getting after each other. [Liner] got me at that summer camp. I don’t think I was prepared, so I had to get him back somehow.”
On Wednesday, Florida State assistant coach Dameyune Craig came by practice to see both Golson and Marquez White, who are both committed to the Seminoles.
“It means a lot,” Golson said. “It means they really want me, and I have a lot of respect for that. We were just building our relationship. That’s what we do now. I’ve been committed there two years, so we don’t even talk football anymore. We just try to build our relationship.”
Despite his long-standing commitment, Golson says he’s still hearing from other schools, including Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina and South Carolina. Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart visited him last week.
“It went good,” Golson said. “He’s a great coach. He’s a great recruiter, so we’ll see what happens.”
The in-state lineman plans to take his official visit to Alabama the weekend of Jan. 11. Last weekend, he took an official visit to North Carolina and came away pleasantly surprised.
“It went good, a lot better than I expected,” Golson said. “I hung out with some of the players, saw some of the facilities and stuff. It’s nice.”
Golson’s last in-home visit will be to Florida State the last weekend of January. He visited Tallahassee, Fla., last month when the Seminoles took on Florida.