Former top recruit Austin Golson will redshirt this season with the Auburn Tigers after his hardship waiver was denied by the NCAA after transferring from Ole Miss to be closer to his sick grandparents in Alabama.
“As of today, Austin will have to redshirt this year,” Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes said Monday evening via the Ledger-Enquirer.
Golson was a four-star offensive tackle in the much-heralded 2013 class of the Rebels that also included No. 1 overall prospect Robert Nkemdiche, No. 1 offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and No. 1 wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.
The 6-5, 309-pounder worked exclusively at right guard last season as a true freshman but shifted to his natural position at right tackle during the spring and was in line to be the starting right tackle for Ole Miss heading into fall camp.
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze released Golson under “normal transfer rules” so Golson will walk-on this fall before being able to earn a scholarship for the spring semester.
Golson will have three years of eligibility remaining and his new offensive line coach is excited to have him in the fold, even if he has to be a little patient before inserting him into the starting lineup in 2015.
“When I heard that there was a possibility that this could happen (Golson’s transfer), I went back and watched him play. I pulled up some Ole Miss and some opponent tape and watched him some. He’s a good player,” Grimes said. “He’s got great size and he’s been involved in SEC football games. There’s no better experience than that.”
The Rebels and Tigers play each other as members of the SEC west so it will be a mini reunion of sorts when the two meet in 2015 with Golson going up against his former team.