Dec 13, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT
After a semester in purgatory, Everett Golson has been readmitted to Notre Dame, clearing his return to the football program. Golson received the rubber stamp today, made official by Paul Brown, Notre Dame’s vice president for public affairs and communications.
“Everett Golson was readmitted this afternoon to the University of Notre Dame,” the one-line statement reads.
Golson won’t take part in the Irish’s bowl preparations, nor play in the Pinstripe Bowl. But he’ll rejoin the team for winter conditioning once the semester break is over.
Golson’s return, while expected, is still really big news for the Irish. He’s arguably the biggest one player addition in college football for next year.
“He’s probably our best recruit right now in this recruiting season,” Kelly told Comcast SportsNet. “That’s a five-star recruit for us.”
Golson spent most of his semester away in a small, one-bedroom, extended stay apartment. Sequestered in San Diego, Golson trained with elite quarterback coach George Whitfield for 10 weeks.
Whitfield has worked with Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. But this was the longest Whitfield had ever worked one-on-one with an elite quarterback. Mentor and pupil dug into the details of the position, working long and hard to turn Golson into a student of the game.
Catching up with Whitfield a few weeks ago just a day after Golson left San Diego, the high profile QB coach had nothing but good things to say about the improvements Golson made to the foundation of his game, working together daily on the basics of quarterback.
“That’s all the diligence right there and he took to it. He took to it,” Whitfield told me. “He just absorbs everything. That’s the longest I’ve ever spent with a quarterback in a one on one setting. We just came through a 10 week run. And he just absorbed everything.”