It’s been a busy few months since quarterback Everett Golson committed to Notre Dame. First he took his team to the South Carolina state title where he had to take on defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (the top player in the country). SCPrep tabbed him as their co-player of the year and then he led the South Carolina team to a Shrine Bowl victory over the north. Here’s a recap of Golson’s late season and all-star news and his latest video.
SCPrepNation.com named Golson South Carolina’s Co-Player Of The Year along with Justin Worley (whom Notre Dame passed on.)
His record speaks for itself having guided Myrtle Beach to another AAA state title this year after sitting out most of the season due to an injury against Byrnes early in the season. His status in the Pee Dee area and for the entire state is on the legendary level. Some doubt his physical stature but Golson is a proven winner who can make all the throws and utilizes his scrambling ability to buy time to find the open receiver.
State Championship Game:
“He led us down the field when we needed it and got us in the end zone,” Seahawks coach Mickey Wilson said. Golson, a senior who committed to Notre Dame on Thursday, was largely ineffective in the first half, going 9 of 19 for just 46 yards with an interception and two sacks. In the second half, Golson was 12 of 19 for 134 yards and two touchdowns, including 9 of 12 for 81 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“I was very disappointed [at halftime] but as the leader of my team I couldn’t let that show because everybody would get down,” Golson said. “So I just kind of pushed through, went off to myself to try to clear my head of everything. I give it to my teammates for helping me through that. They kept uplifting me. When you have teammates like that the world is yours.”
It takes a special player to work behind center at Myrtle Beach. There is expected extra throwing in the spring, summer and sometimes even the winter; required leadership; film study; reading defenses; and knowing where teammates are supposed to be on every play. “I think that guy has to be one of your smartest guys, and he has to be able to think on his feet,” Wilson said. “Not a lot of people can do that. A lot of times you can have a pretty smart kid from the standpoint of being in a classroom, but can they react and think on their feet well? That’s an important trait that our quarterback has to have.
“Of course you’ve got to be able to throw the ball, that’s important as well. And you’ve got to be a leader, that’s huge.” In his four-year career, Golson has completed 749 of 1,189 passes for 11,454 yards and 148 touchdowns, with 25 interceptions and a 63.0 percent completion percentage. Despite missing eight games this season because of injury, he has completed 90 of 133 passes for 1,590 yards, with 22 touchdowns and one interception. He has also rushed 15 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
“I think the biggest thing about these guys is the work ethic they have,” Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said. “They’ve done a super job in the weight room and the offseason speed and conditioning program. They show up every day and they’re ready to go to works. “To see them get back [to the state championship game] with all the hard work they’ve put in is pretty special.”
“We like to throw the ball as much as we can here, and I know coach Kelly has that reputation as well. I think it’s a great fit. I think Everett will come in immediately and be comfortable, from the stand point of being in the shotgun and he’s used to throwing the ball around…. There’s going to be a learning curve,” he said. “He’ll be learning a new offense as far as terminology, but I do think there will be a certain comfort level in terms of being in the shotgun and throwing the ball around the field.
There is no doubt that Notre Dame has found a gem in quarterback Everett Golson (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and the talented QB has been showing observers why during practice for the 74th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas this week.
If you go strictly on the proverbial eyeball test, Golson isn’t going to wow you. He’s a shade under 6-feet tall. He’s skinny. He doesn’t look like much. But when you watc h him play – the feel he has for the game, his quick release, his footwork – you understand why he’s a great fit for what Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish on offense.This week, Golson has distanced himself from Tennessee commit Justin Worley (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern), a 6-foot-5 pocket passer that does have all of the measurables, as the best QB on the South Carolina squad. Golson probably has had more wow moments than North Carolina commit Marquise Williams (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) if you are talking about all quarterbacks that are expected to play in Saturday’s game.
Golson threw for a state record 126 touchdown passes as a four-year starter for his high school team. He led Myrtle Beach to two state championships in football and a state title in basketball (he’s also a standout on the hardwood and plans to play both sports in South Bend). Golson and Williams were on track to be teammates at UNC. Golson was one of the first commitments for the Tar Heels, but elected to look around toward the end of his senior year because of the NCAA Investigation into the program. He took an official visit to South Bend on the weekend of Nov. 12 and committed to the Fighting Irish on Dec. 2, backing out of a long-time pledge to the Heels.
His footwork and release are advanced and he has outstanding arm strength. He’s not 100 percent with his accuracy. At times, the trajectory of the balls he throws is too low and it’s not always a tight spiral, but for the most part he hits receivers in the hands. Golson has done an excellent job thus far this week developing chemistry with the receivers on the squad. Wednesday, he was putting in extra work with South Carolina receiver commit Shamier Jeffery, and the pair appear to be on the same page. Notre Dame quarterback commit Everett Golson has been the best signal caller through three days of practice for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Of the four, it was clear that Golson had the best game. He completed 9 of his 15 attempts for 79 yards and had a couple nice runs as well. Most importantly he didn’t turn the ball over and also connected on a touchdown pass. However, the others didn’t fare as well.