It looks like Everett Golson hasn’t thrown his last pass in South Bend after all. The former Irish signal-caller, whose decision to transfer after graduating last spring threw the quarterback depth chart into chaos, will reportedly return to campus to participate in Notre Dame’s Pro Day on March 31.
The possibility had been discussed quite a bit the past few weeks—especially after Golson didn’t receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. (He even talked about it with ESPN’s Hannah Storm on-air.) But credit 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong for breaking the story.
Golson’s fifth-year didn’t go according to plan in Tallahassee, with the former Irish quarterback eventually losing his starting job to backup Sean Maguire. Statistically, Golson didn’t necessarily struggle—he completed 67-percent of his passes and threw 11 touchdowns against just three interceptions—but after the Seminoles lost two games and found an offensive rhythm with Maguire, Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher looked to the future and went with the quarterback who’ll be on campus next season.
Golson wasn’t with the team in their Peach Bowl loss to Houston, for what Fisher characterized as a “personal issue,” reported at the time to be a death in the family. He ended his college career with 52 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions.
While Golson is probably the highest profile transfer to return for Pro Day, this isn’t an unprecedented situation. Miami (Ohio) quarterback Andrew Hendrix took part in Notre Dame’s Pro Day. So did transfers like Jake Golic. Golson’s return is likely a huge positive for skill players like Will Fuller, Chris Brown and C.J. Prosise, adding an impressive thrower to their job audition.
Suspended defensive end Ishaq Williams will also work out for NFL scouts on March 31 along with Irish prospects like Matthias Farley and Amir Carlisle who weren’t invited to the combine.