Myrtle Beach native Everett Golson is bound for Florida State — and a Nov. 7 game against Clemson.
The former Notre Dame quarterback will transfer to head coach Jimbo Fisher’s program, Fox Sports reported Tuesday. Golson, who led the Fighting Irish to an unbeaten regular season in 2012 before sitting out the next year under academic suspension, will be eligible to play immediately since he has already graduated.
Golson, who led Myrtle Beach High School to a pair of state championships, had reportedly put South Carolina on a list of 10 schools he would be interested in transferring to, according to ESPN. But the SEC has a bylaw which prohibits graduate transfers who have faced disciplinary measures at their former school, and Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier told The Post and Courier last week that USC was not interested in pursuing Golson.
Golson visited Florida, Georgia, and Florida State last week, according to various media reports. But the frontrunner all along was believed to be the Seminoles, who lost former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to the NFL after last season. Winston was the No. 1 overall selection in this year’s NFL draft.
Assuming Golson wins the starting job in Tallahassee for this coming season, he’ll be behind center when Florida State travels to Clemson on Nov. 7.
Golson returned from his academic suspension to play for the Irish in 2014, leading Notre Dame to a 6-0 start and No. 5 national ranking. Notre Dame’s first loss that season was at Florida State, where Golson passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-27 defeat.
But he and the Irish stumbled down the stretch. Golson finished that season with 14 interceptions, and eventually split time with another quarterback. He announced his intention to transfer on April 30. For his career in South Bend, Golson threw for 5,850 yards with 41 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.