By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – A popular television game show asks the question, “Who wants to be a millionaire?”
If Senquez Golson were on the set, he might answer, “I do, but not right now.”
One the star pieces of the heralded signing class at Ole Miss, Golson rejected a Boston Red Sox offer reportedly worth more than $1 million to play football for the Rebels.
After the Red Sox drafted Golson in the eighth round with the 262nd overall pick, he attended summer school at Ole Miss and went through strength and conditioning workouts with the football program.
All along loomed the threat of one more push from the Red Sox. That came last weekend with MLB’s window for its teams to sign set to close at 11 p.m. CST on Monday.
Golson and his family negotiated with Red Sox representatives in Oxford on Sunday – a day after he participated in the team’s first scrimmage of August camp – then flew to Boston for more talks and a physical on Monday.
“The father called me late last night and said ‘I believe he is a Rebel. He loves Ole Miss. He wants to get better at football and baseball,’” Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said.
Golson, of Pascagoula, will play football and baseball at Ole Miss. In all, nine Ole Miss baseball signees were MLB draft picks. Seven chose college.
Baseball may have dominated Golson’s thoughts Sunday and Monday, but it’s back to football now.
Secondary coach Keith Burns says Golson is his fourth cornerback right now, a starter in nickel and dime packages that call for an extra defensive back.
Golson was rated the No. 10 prospect in Mississippi, the No. 33 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com.