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December 30, 2012
SAN ANTONIO -- Prattville, Ala., four-star offensive tackle Austin Golson has been committed to Florida State since April, but has several official visits planned before he signs his letter of intent in February.
Golson updated the status of his Florida State commitment upon arriving for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Sunday.
"It's soft, but I am still committed to them," Golson said. "I have been building a relationship with the coaches, (like) the atmosphere down there and the playing time/opportunity."
"We just continue to build a relationship ? we don't even talk about football anymore," Golson said.
Florida State is slated to receive Golson's final official visit of the process the weekend of Jan. 24. Before that, though, he will travel to Alabama on Jan. 11 and Ole Miss on Jan. 18. The Rebels are the latest program to be added to Golson's visit list.
"They kind of came back (into the picture) at the end of this year," Golson said. "They are losing eight offensive linemen in the next two years, so that's good."
The home state Crimson Tide are a program Golson has wanted to visit since the fall, but the trip was scheduled within the last month and he is looking to get a few remaining questions answered while in Tuscaloosa.
"I want to make sure no coaches are leaving or anything like that," Golson said. "I have been down there a few times. They just have great football, great coaching and great people."
Golson took his first official visit of the process the weekend of Dec. 7 to North Carolina and came away from that trip having developed a strong relationship with the Tar Heels' offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic and freshman offensive lineman Caleb Peterson.
"It was really nice ? way better than I expected," Golson said. "They are all good guys and good coaches."
In the immediate future, Golson is focused on proving himself at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He attended several summer invite camps, but anticipates the opportunity to show his stuff in a full-contact setting.
The 6-foot-6, 284-pound Golson will be playing on the offensive line for the East team in Saturday's Army Bowl, televised on NBC.
"I don't think it really counts unless you're in pads," Golson said. "That's how the game is played? it's not played in T-shirts and shorts."