Now that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is officially a free agent, the one-time Heisman candidate turned backup quarterback for the Irish has begun making the rounds of college visits much like he did as a prep player out of South Carolina. Monday Golson reportedly visited Florida State and Tuesday he was said to have stayed in state to visit with the Florida Gators.
Since making his announcement last week that he was transferring from Notre Dame for his 5th year, there’s been rampant speculation as to where he would land. Reports surfaced on Monday that Notre Dame had blocked Golson from transferring to any 2015 opponent and select Big Ten schools. Those reports were promptly denied by Jack Swarbrick.
On Tuesday, reports surfaced that Golson is now considering 10 schools – none of which were blocked by Notre Dame – including Florida State, Alabama, UCLA, and South Carolina with later reports adding Florida to the mix.
Florida State would make a lot of sense as a landing spot for Golson considering the Noles lost Jameis Winston to the NFL, but Jimbo Fisher told ESPN that Florida State doesn’t guarantee anyone a starting spot according to ESPN.
Jimbo Fisher on Everett Golson meeting: “We never (promise) a guy he’ll be the starter"
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015
For Golson, it would make sense for him to transfer somewhere that he knows he will be the starter. Otherwise, transferring in the first place will have made no sense. Golson will also have the added complication of needing a waiver to transfer to any SEC school such as Florida, South Carolina, or Alabama.
Most published reports so far have Florida State as the odds on favorite to land Golson, but for Golson the move would not come without risk. Junior Sean Maguire led Florida State to an overtime win over Clemson in his only collegiate start although he did need some help from the Tigers to do so. Maguire also was not overly impressive this spring. Still, the rising junior knows the Florida State offense inside and out at this point and will have a large lead over Golson in the film room and in his understanding of the offense.
If Florida State does not work out, one school that hasn’t been mentioned in any report yet that would seemingly make a lot of sense is Miami of Ohio where former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin will be entering his second season in command. Golson should be very familiar with the Miami offense after playing under Martin in 2012. So far, however, there have not been any reports linking Golson with his former offensive coordinator. In fact, published reports have started that all 10 schools Golson gave Notre Dame are from Power 5 conferences.
Right now it’s not clear what kind of time frame Golson has in his mind for making his decision or how many visits he intends to make. If Golson does indeed have 10 schools in mind we also don’t even know all of the potential landing spots for him at this point either. What we do know, however, is that