Golson, who was a two-year starter for Notre Dame, told FSU on Tuesday that he was transferring to Tallahassee. Golson, a graduate transfer, can play immediately and is expected to compete for a starting spot in 2015. He will have just one year of eligibility at FSU.
"This past weekend has been a defining moment in my life as I am proud to say I am a graduate of the University of Notre Dame," Golson said in a statement to Fox Sports. "The support I've received there over the past four years has helped strengthen my integrity, wisdom and character. I would like to thank all of the coaches who spent time speaking with me these past few weeks and considered adding me to their football programs. Their interest and sincerity was truly humbling. After much thought and careful consideration, I will utilize my fifth year of eligibility to join the Florida State University Seminoles. To coach Jimbo Fisher, the Florida State football team, staff, alumni and fans, thank you for allowing me to become part of the Seminoles family. I can't wait to get started."
FSU’s quarterback situation has been in flux since Winston declared for the NFL Draft earlier this spring. Junior Sean Maguire entered spring practice as the frontrunner to replace Winston and regularly drew praise from coach Jimbo Fisher, although he struggled in the spring game. True freshman De’Andre Johnson, an early enrollee, showed promise during the spring and had arguably the best spring game of any FSU signal caller but Maguire still appeared to have a grasp on the starting job entering the summer, although Fisher opted not to name a starter.
“After meeting with Everett, I came away very impressed," Fisher said in a statement. "He is extremely intelligent and a very personable young man. It’s a pleasure for us to add him to our Seminole family. We’ve been one of the most successful programs in the country the last few years, and we look forward to getting him down here this summer to begin work on helping us continue that success.”
Because the competition is still open, Golson was an attractive option to FSU when he announced his intent to transfer from Notre Dame earlier this month. Reports surfaced last week that Golson had FSU atop his wish list for possible destinations and Fisher confirmed to media members that Golson had indeed visited campus last Monday.
“He’s a great young man, I really enjoyed getting to know him,” Fisher said at the ACC spring meetings on Tuesday. “Good player, played really good against us.”
Fisher added last week that he was not worried about Golson disrupting any chemistry among the current quarterbacks and the rest of the offense if he indeed transferred in.
Golson picked FSU over Florida and Georgia after visiting all three schools last week.
He ultimately settled on the Seminoles and brings an interesting background with him to Tallahassee. Golson helped lead the Fighting Irish to the BCS Championship game as a freshman in the 2012 season but then missed all of 2013 after being dismissed from the school for academic reasons. He returned in 2014 for a season that epitomized his up and down career; Notre Dame started the year with a 6-0 record largely thanks to Golson’s strong play but stumbled in the second half of the year after falling to FSU. Golson was eventually benched as he threw 10 interceptions in Notre Dame’s final seven games.
While he comes with baggage, Golson brings experience to a group of quarterbacks that have combined for 70 career passing attempts. All of those come from Maguire.
In 25 career games, Golson has completed 59.5 percent of 745 passes. He’s thrown for 5,850 yards and 41 touchdowns to 21 interceptions, and has 14 additional touchdowns on the ground.
Golson was in a battle to retake his starting spot this spring against Malik Zaire. When the spring ended without Golson having a firm grasp atop the depth chart, he decided to look elsewhere.
FSU utilizes a complex pro-style offense and is drastically different from the spread attack Golson ran at Notre Dame. Golson recently graduated from Notre Dame and is expected to enroll in Tallahassee this summer, meaning he will only have a couple months at the most to get acclimated to a new scheme and push Maguire for the starting job.