AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn is set to add another member to its offensive line.
The Clarion-Ledger reported Monday that Austin Golson will leave Ole Miss and transfer to Auburn. Golson, a former four-star prospect, was released from his scholarship, but left the Rebels under "normal transfer rules," meaning he will have to pursue a hardship waiver in order to play immediately. If the waiver is denied, he will join the Tigers as a walk-on, sitting out this fall and becoming eligible to play starting next January.
It's a situation the Tigers are familiar with, as running back Corey Grant did the same thing after signing with Alabama and then transferring to Auburn following his freshman season in Tuscaloosa in 2010.
Golson, a rising sophomore, appeared in 12 games at right guard last season, though none was in a starting role. That was set to change, as he exited the spring at the top of the depth of the chart after moving to right tackle.
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"We wish him the very best," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement.
A native of Prattville, Alabama, Golson told the Clarion-Ledger last month he was seeking to transfer so he could be closer to his sick grandparents. Initially, Freeze indicated that he may give Golson a full release, which would have allowed him to be on scholarship next season.
A four-star prospect coming out of Prattville High, Golson was one of the most highly-touted tackle prospects in the Class of 2013 and a two-time Class 6A All-State first-team selection. Originally committed to Florida State — where then-Seminoles assistant Dameyune Craig served as Golson's lead recruiter — the 6-foot-5, 309-pound tackle flipped to Ole Miss shortly before national signing day last year.
His addition would bolster an already deep unit, as Auburn's offensive line boasts four returning starters. If the Tigers' coaching staff keeps him on the right side, Golson would compete with underclassmen Avery Young and Patrick Miller for playing time at tackle. Young also split time this spring with the presumed starter at right guard, senior Chad Slade.