By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – Ole Miss offensive lineman Austin Golson’s desire to transfer had become a public discussion within the last month. Now it’s official.
In a statement, coach Hugh Freeze said, “Austin Golson has informed us he has decided to move closer to his family and is choosing to walk on at Auburn, following normal transfer rules. We wish him the very best.”
Golson said last month that he was considering transferring closer to his home in Prattville, Ala., because both of his grandfathers were sick. That should make him a candidate for a hardship waiver of the NCAA’s one-year residency rule for transfers.
Golson – a sophomore who left spring drills as No. 1 at right tackle for Ole Miss – could be a starting tackle for Auburn when the defending SEC champs visit Oxford on Nov. 1.
Golson was part of the Rebels’ prized 2013 recruiting class that included defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, safety Tony Connor and receiver Laquon Treadwell. He played in 12 games last season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.