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QB Golson gives Irish two-sport pledge

Dec 2, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT


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South Carolina quarterback Everett Golson committed to Notre Dame today, officially switching from a pledge he made to North Carolina back in February. (Feels good to be on the other end of this, doesn’t it, Irish fans?) Golson plans on enrolling early in January, making this an 11th hour recruiting coup for the Irish coaching staff.

Golson opened up his recruitment after the NCAA sanctioned Butch Davis’ Tar Heel program, and Notre Dame targeted the two-sport star (Golson was also committed to playing point guard on the North Carolina basketball team) when they reopened their search for a quarterback.  The news has been confirmed by various recruiting websites as well as local South Carolina media.

In Golson, Kelly has potential recruited the best athlete at quarterback for Notre Dame since Carlyle Holiday and Arnaz Battle, and the best true dual-threat signal-caller on the roster. Recruiting websites knock Golson because his lack of elite size, but his commitment to Roy Williams to play basketball, and the five touchdowns he threw for last weekend make this one of the more intriguing signings of the Kelly era. Golson’s list of suitors was mighty impressive, with offers from Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Stanford. Defensive line coach Mike Elston handles the Carolinas for the Irish and he went right into the teeth of SEC country and pulled out arguably the most wanted quarterback in the region. (That’s definitely not small-timey, folks. Get that man a cup of coffee.)

If cheering for the commitment of unsigned high school athletes is your thing, the signing of Golson should have you high-fiving colleagues at the water cooler. If Dayne Crist’s knee is healed enough to have him ready for spring practice, expect a crowded depth-chart behind center, with Golson adding a true wildcard to the race.

Golston is the 18th verbal commitment to the Irish and joins running back Cam McDaniel as commitments this week, as the coaching staff blankets the country in full-bore recruiting mode. Golson also plans on joining the Irish basketball team, and has met with Mike Brey and his staff to discuss his role on the team.


  1. danno27 - Dec 2, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Woot, Woot!

  2. ndfootballfan4life - Dec 2, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Keith, thanks for the recruiting updates…and keep up the good work. This is the only website that I checked everyday besides the weather. Keep it up and go Irish!!!

  3. jerseyshorendfan1 - Dec 2, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Sweet. that’s 2 nice pick-ups in as many days. This class will recover and be better than it was. Locally, I heard thru the grapevine that Miles Shuler is seriously considering Northwestern. When I heard that, I thought that if the kid wants a school in the snowy and cold mid-West with an excellent academic rep, at least pick the one with the better football team. GO IRISH!

  4. bradwins - Dec 2, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    The hits just keep on coming right now. From how low things were a month ago, things are really looking up right now. Kudos to Coach Kelly and staff.

  5. krups06 - Dec 2, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    This really makes me wonder how the QB situation is going to play out next year. As well as Rees has played I can’t see him starting next year over Crist, Hendrix and now Golson. With 5 scholarship QB’s (Crist, Rees, Hendrix, Massa, Golson) next year I would have to expect at least 1 position switch and or 1 transfer. You’ve got to think it’s going to be hard to keep someone like Golson off the field especially if he enrolls early. At the same time it makes sense to save a year of eligibility while he learns the system and the depth chart remains awfully crowded. Still though, this position is now easily the deepest on the team after being dreadfully thin this season. You’ve got to hand it to Coach Kelly and Coach Elston for landing this kid. Can’t wait to see him on the football field and basketball court.

  6. gogolson - Dec 2, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Golson an amazing talent. Throws the ball as well as you will see. Pass first, but a quick scramble if need be, hard to catch, and can run. Has been playing in the spread offense since grade school. He started at Myrtle Beach High as a freshman beating out the great senior Drew Ellis, now at Princeton. Many were angry when the coach decided on the 14 year old but were quickly convinced when we saw him play. He threw 35 TDs. As a soph he led the Seahawks to the State Championship and threw 44 TDs. Back again to championship game ( a loss) as a Junior with 47 TDs and we are going to see them play for the third year in a row for the championship Saturday against South Pointe and the number 1 recruit in the nation Jadavon Clowney. Golson is a great all round kid. Still growing, maybe 6’1″ 190# by next year. With the crowd at QB in South Bend now he probably should red shirt and try his hand at basketball. By the way he led M.B. to the B-Ball state championship as a freshman. More here

  7. ndfootballfan4life - Dec 3, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    wheres the golson highlight reel?

  8. 1notredamefan - Dec 3, 2010 at 6:26 AM

    “I Believe”

    • gogolson - Dec 3, 2010 at 7:03 AM

      Golson missed 8 games this year with injuries. Has played great in 4 playoff games going Sat. to third straight championship final.

      4 year Totals –
      749 of 1,189 for 11,454 yds with 148 TD and 25 INT – 63.0 % completed

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  10. gogolson - Dec 15, 2010 at 5:08 PM see the Golson Dunk

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