Although he could see the writing on the wall as his NFL interest climbed Senquez Golson had not officially ruled out playing baseball at Ole Miss this spring.
Now he has.
An All-American cornerback at Ole Miss this football season, Golson said his mind is made up.
“I don’t think I’m going to be able to play. I’m just missing too much time. I’m here all week. Then within the next two or three weeks we head to the combine. I’ve got training in between. There’s just so much going on. I’ve been out of baseball a year. I just felt like I wasn’t going to have the time to catch up,” Golson said following today’s afternoon Senior Bowl practice.
Golson turned down a $1.35 million pro baseball offer from the Boston Red Sox out of high school in the summer of 2011.
“Honestly y’all are the first ones to know that. Everybody has kind of thrown numbers around. My first offer was a 1.1. I just turned that down. They gave me another offer of a 1.35,” he said.
Golson said he has had some conversations with Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco about his decision but wants to have a sit-down with Bianco when he gets back to Oxford.
“We haven’t actually had (that discussion) formally, but we have talked back and forth a little bit. I haven’t had a chance to just sit down and talk to him, but as soon as I make it back to Oxford I’m going to go over and sit down and talk to him. It wasn’t something that I wanted to just call and talk about,” he said.
Golson played as a freshman and attempted a comeback last year. Injuries pushed him behind, and with spring football on the horizon he decided not to continue with baseball then.
The plan at the time was for Golson to play baseball with the Rebels this spring after football was complete.
But football isn’t complete for Golson.
“Once I turned down that money I knew. There was no turning back. There was no, ‘I can go back and sign.’ I’ve got to figure this (college football) thing out and do the best I can do. I’m glad it turned out the way it did.”