Golson keeps USC in his plans

Calhoun Co. player intends to attend prep school, return to Columbia

jperson@thestate.comJuly 14, 2010 

Calhoun County linebacker Brandon Golson signs with the University of South Carolina as his mother, Angie Bowman, and Calhoun County head coach, Walter Wilson, look on.

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Calhoun County linebacker and South Carolina signee Brandon Golson said Wednesday he plans to attend prep school for a semester and, assuming he passes the necessary classes, enroll at USC in January.

Calhoun County coach Walt Wilson said Golson was not going to be admitted to USC but was drawing interest from other schools, including Arkansas and Louisville.

On Tuesday, Wilson said Golson would qualify under NCAA standards. Wilson on Wednesday clarified Golson’s status, saying the player had yet to be approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Golson said he had planned to visit Arkansas this weekend. But after discussing the situation with his family, Golson decided prep school — likely Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy — would be his best option.

“He just said, ‘Coach, I want to be a Gamecock. I want to go to prep school, do what I need to do and be back here in January,’” Wilson said in a phone interview.

Golson said the semester at prep school would give him “time to get and bigger and stronger, hopefully.”

USC admissions officials took issue with a course on Golson’s high school transcript, telling the player they needed more documentation before they could admit him, sources said.

Wilson, who is a distant cousin of Golson, said Golson was impressed with the commitment shown by USC coaches, despite his academic situation.

“If he can make it through a semester at prep school, I think this will be the best thing for him to do,” Wilson said. “Because I see how much it means for the community and family to be able to come see him play.”

The 6-foot-2, 204-pound Golson was ranked the nation’s No. 15 outside linebacker prospect by ESPN.com.

In less than two seasons with the Saints, Golson had 113 tackles and 30 sacks. He played in six games as a junior before he was injured in a car accident.

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