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Tue. January 19, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

Tarpon Springs RB Adrian Golden is trying hard to meet NCAA incoming freshmen qualifying standards, but if he doesn’t he has a backup plan -- junior college.

Thus far, more than 25 junior colleges have offered, according to Spongers coach George Kotis. Golden, who rushed for more than 1,500 yards as a senior, is considering three of them.

They are: Ellsworth Community College (Iowa), Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) and Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“We researched the staffs that will take care of him the best,” Kotis said. “We’ve sent kids to junior colleges before and it’s been a nightmare when it came time for (four-year) schools to accept their credits. These staffs make sure they’re doing everything they can to get players to Division I schools.”

The 5-foot-8, 195-pound Golden initially thought prep school might be his best option if he didn’t qualify. Now, though, he’s sold on the junior college route.

“It opens up all the avenues to all the Division I schools if you get an (Associates Degree),” Kotis said.

Should Golden qualify, Iowa State and Southern Mississippi might be among his options.

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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