Everett Demone Golson is a redshirt senior quarterback at the University of Notre Dame. Golson graduated from Notre Dame in the spring of May 2015 where he received his college degree. Due to his redshirting in sophomore year, Golson has another year of eligibility (5th year) where he can play in the fall immediately at Notre Dame (www.SI.com).
The question for Golson is whether or not he will play his final year at Notre Dame. In May of 2013, Golson got released from the university due to an academic issue, and later he admitted to cheating on a test. Everett Golson was reinstated to the university on December 13, 2013, but he was unable to practice with the team or travel with them to their bowl game (Pinstripe Bowl).
When Golson came back to the team, he experienced much success. He led the team to a 6-0 start with wins over Rice (49-17), Michigan (31-0), Purdue (30-14), and Syracuse (31-15). Golson also helped his team to become the number five team in the country at the time (www.espn.go.com).
Some highlights of Golson’s junior year include opening the year against Rice on August 30 by throwing for 295 yards (14-22 passing attempts) and two touchdowns. The next weekend, he went 23-34 for 226 yards and three touchdowns against the Michigan Wolverines. On September 13, Golson threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns while leading the team in rushing yards with 56 yards against Purdue at Purdue (www.espn.go.com).
Another notable game includes Golson shining against Syracuse on September 27. At MetLife Stadium in New York, Golson set a Notre Dame school record by completing 25 consecutive passes, one shy of tying the NCAA record. He threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns off 32-39 passes against the Orange (www.espn.go.com).
As the fall was coming to a close and it was getting time to get ready for their bowl game, the Irish had fallen off the map in November with a record of 1-4. Head Coach Brian Kelly made it clear that freshman Malik Zaire would start the game and remain in the game until told otherwise. Notre Dame was a 10-point underdog against LSU, but that didn’t matter for Zaire because he won them the game single handedly.
After the game, Coach Kelly stated, “He was terrific”(www.SI.com). Kelly also made it clear that Zaire would be their number one quarterback going into the offseason. Golson did not like this decision; therefore, he decided to declare his transfer from the school for his 5th year.
Since his declared transfer, Golson has made a list of schools he would like to go to like Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, LSU, UCLA, Alabama, Houston, and Florida State. Golson made visits to Florida, Georgia, and Florida State. Golson was scheduled to make his commitment Friday the 22nd of May but postponed it due to his wanting to visit more schools and reassure himself that he is making the right choice.
At this point, Golson is expected to commit to Florida State. He has made it clear that FSU is his number one choice because of the early leave of Heisman quarterback and first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft Jameis Winston. It would be a perfect fit for Golson because the Seminoles need a quarterback for the upcoming season due to this departure.
One of the only reasons why he wouldn’t end up at Florida State is because it would take him a long time to develop chemistry with not only his teammates but his offensive players especially. He does not have a lot of time to gel with his team because he only has one year left of eligibility.
UPDATE: Everett Golson has decided to transfer to Florida State University for his final year of eligibility.