Report: Florida State is favorite to land ex-Notre Dame QB Everett Golson

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(AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)
(AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

Could Everett Golson be headed to Florida State?

According to a report from 247sports.com that cites “multiple sources with intimate knowledge of Golson’s situation,” Florida State is “seen as the eventual destination” for Golson, who is transferring from Notre Dame.

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From the report:

“Barring a last-minute change of heart or any influence from elsewhere, [Florida State’s] where he’s headed,” one source said.

Golson, a redshirt senior quarterback, recently graduated from Notre Dame and would be eligible to compete immediately for the Seminoles. Other reports linked Golson to South Carolina and Georgia and Fox Sports reported that Notre Dame restricted Golson from transferring to any school on the Irish’s 2015 schedule (Texas, Virginia, Georgia Tech, UMass, Clemson, Navy, USC, Temple, Pitt, Wake Forest, Boston College and Stanford).

Additionally, Golson could run into trouble if he tried to land at an SEC school like South Carolina or Georgia due to a conference rule that prohibits its members from bringing in transfers with previous disciplinary issues. Golson was suspended from Notre Dame in 2013 for academic reasons.

The Seminoles could certainly use a boost at the quarterback position with Heisman winner Jameis Winston off to the NFL. Redshirt junior Sean Maguire, Winston’s backup for the past two seasons, finished spring practice as the team’s starter, but has seen very little action throughout his career. Most notably, Maguire started for a suspended Winston against Clemson last season and threw for 304 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on 21-of-39 throwing.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Golson led Notre Dame to a national championship appearance in 2012 and threw for 5,850 yards, 41 touchdowns and 20 interceptions overall in his Notre Dame career. Despite the gaudy numbers, Golson struggled with turnovers for the Irish in 2014 and was benched for the team’s bowl game in favor of Malik Zaire.

As the quarterback competition carried over into the spring between Golson and Zaire, Golson opted to transfer for his final season of eligibility. 

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