Myrtle Beach quarterback Everett Golson was committed to North Carolina since February, but lingering concerns over the NCAA investigation in Chapel Hill got the dual threat signal caller to reconsider his options. On Thursday, Golson decided to switch his pledge to Notre Dame.
Golson (6’0″, 170 lbs) is a legit dual threat quarterback – something Notre Dame does not currently have amongst the four scholarship quarterbacks on the roster right now – and will be enrolling early next month. That will allow Golson to compete in spring practice this year.
As a junior, Golson put up some eye popping numbers. He completed 224 of 356 attempts (62.9%) for 3,529 yards with 47 touchdowns compared to just 3 interceptions. Slowed by injury this season, Golson’s numbers are quite as eye popping, but they are still impressive none the less. He’s completed 90 of 133 attempts for 1,590 yards with 22 touchdowns to just a single interception. That gives Golson a touchdown to interception ratio of 69 to 5 over the last two seasons. Regardless of the level of competition, that is just a ridiculous ratio.
On top of some gaudy stats, Golson brings a history of winning with him to South Bend. As a sophomore, Golson led his Myrtle Beach HS team to the state championship in 2008 and then brought them back to the title game again last year though they came up short. This weekend, Golson will try to lead his team to another state championship this weekend against South Pointe.
Despite garnering only three stars from Rivals, Golson has an impressive offer list with scholarships from the likes of Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. Both Scout and Rivals, however, list Golson as a 4-star recruit.
While the NCAA investigation played in a role in Golson reopening his recruitment, he told the State that the investigation was only a small factor in his decision:
“(The NCAA investigation) really didn’t have a major part to do with (the decision), but it had a small factor in it, and I think it’s only right that it should have a small factor in it,” Golson said. “North Carolina was my childhood favorite. I kind of grew up always wanting to go to North Carolina. After I matured, I had to go for what was best for me and my future and my family.”
One important factor in his decision, however, was the ability to play basketball. He had planned on playing both basketball and football for the Tar Heels and he intends on doing the same at Notre Dame. While on his visit to Notre Dame for the Utah game last month, Golson met with Irish head coach Mike Brey to discuss what role he could play on the Notre Dame basketball team. While he will be playing hoops for the Irish in addition to football, his scholarship will count towards football.
Golson’s commitment could make for a wide open quarterback competition in the spring – especially if Dayne Crist ends up missing spring practice while he recovers from his latest knee injury. Enrolling early will be key for Golson as he will need to spend some time in the weight room working with Paul Longo to bulk up before next season in order to seriously compete for a starting role.
This was a huge pickup for Notre Dame. With Dayne Crist suffering another serious injury this year, the Irish needed to add a quarterback in the class and they landed a great one in Everett Golson. This is also Notre Dame’s second commitment of the week and gives them a little momentum after this year’s class lost some steam following a string of decommitments.
Notre Dame now has 18 commitments with three of them early enrollees – Golson, Kyle Brindza, and Brad Carrico. Two Notre Dame decommitments, Aaron Lynch and Clay Burton, were originally scheduled to be early enrollees; and current commitment Matt Hegarty will not be enrolling early even though he had previously planned to.
We’ll have some highlights of Notre Dame’s latest commitment in a little.