Everett Golson announced a while ago that he would leave Notre Dame and planned to finish his fifth and final year of eligibility somewhere else, certainly having plenty of options.
He decided on Florida State where he will hope to become the starter and replace the former Heisman winner and star for his college career, Jameis Winston. However, in order to do that, he will need to beat out Sean Maguire for the starting position, who left spring as next in line to replace the No.1 draft pick.
Golson played four years with Notre Dame and had great success with the Irish including a trip to the national championship. He had a record of 17-6 as a starter and scored a total of 55 touchdowns, 41 passing and 14 rushing, while passing for 5,850 yards.
Everett Golson had visited Florida State, Florida, and Georgia last week before returning to Notre Dame for graduation Sunday. He had given a list of 10 schools to Notre Dame’s compliance office as potential places to play his final year and finally made the decision to become a Seminole.
Speaking about his decision to join Florida State, the quarterback said, “After much thought and careful consideration, I will utilize my fifth year of eligibility to join the Florida State University Seminoles. To Coach Jimbo Fisher, the Florida State football team, staff, alumni and fans, thank you for allowing me to become part of the Seminoles family.”
Sean Maguire, Golson’s competition for the starting quarterback position, started one game for the Seminoles when Jameis WInston was suspended and completed 21 of 39 passes in the game. He led the team to a 23-17 victory over Clemson, which could make things difficult for Golson.
Everett Golson is the first quarterback since the BCS era began in 1998 to transfer to another school after competing in a national championship. However, perhaps he just needs a fresh start after his suspension in 2013 and disappointing 2014 season that ended 8-5.