Everett Golson is officially on the college football market. On Thursday, he announced that he’d be transferring from Notre Dame for his final season of eligibility, becoming what essentially amounts to a free agent. He’ll be eligible to play immediately due to the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule.
Golson had plenty of ups and downs during his career in South Bound. He led the Fighting Irish to a national championship game appearance during the 2012 season. A short while after Golson was ruled academically ineligible and un-enrolled from the university. He then worked his way back into Notre Dame and played last season for the Fighting Irish.
He’s now looking to put that rocky road in the past at a new school. Where he’ll end up is anyone’s guess as of now, but there are plenty of teams who could use his services, and a handful that reportedly expressed interest earlier this year if Golson decided to transfer.
In Brett McMurphy’s first report, he lists Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Texas among possible schools that could pursue the former Notre Dame player. All have questions at quarterback.
It’s hard to imagine a team like Florida bringing him in. New head coach Jim McElwain will be better served developing the talent of the young quarterbacks on campus, such as Will Grier. The other schools listed, however, could potentially compete for a title with a good quarterback. Maybe not Texas, but Charlie Strong needs a sound signal caller.
Sources of 247Sports report that Golson will likely head to either Georgia or South Carolina.
247Sports spoke to sources close to Everett Golson that indicated the Notre Dame transfer is most likely to end up at South Carolina or Georgia. The source said that Golson wants to play his final year of eligibilty close to home, as Golson hails from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Sports Illustrated lists Florida State, South Carolina, Texas, LSU and Houston in order of most to least likely.
Some have also talked about Michigan as a potential landing spot. It’s an outside shot, but never say never.
I wouldn’t rule out #Michigan having some interest in Everett Golson after talking to a couple sources.
— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) May 7, 2015
And of course there are countless other programs Golson could head to. All are simply speculation at this point in time. If nothing else, the news will get the wheels turning on possible destinations.
As for transferring to an SEC team, the program will have to receive a waiver from the conference due to Golson’s academic issues while at Notre Dame.