Recent Notre Dame commit quarterback Everett Golson sat down with his hometown paper the Sun News to discuss his career and his future. It’s a great read for those Irish fans just getting to know Golson and also a great reminder of just how prolific Golson has been at quarterback.A couple quick hits that should interest ND fans:
Q: What were the factors that ultimately led to your decision to rescind your commitment to North Carolina and commit to Notre Dame?
A: Just taking that visit up there [in November], going into it I didn’t know anything about Notre Dame. I went up there and saw the campus for myself, saw the beautiful historic buildings and everything, and building relationships with some of the guys up there. I really felt wanted by the players and the coaches and that’s not something you can say at every place.
The fans are crazy and they’re very loyal to their team. I really like the history of Notre Dame. I kind of grew up watching Rudy and that kind of attracted me a little bit too. Just to see the locker room, and see how it was on film. Academics are second to none, one of the most prestigious schools in the country, so you can’t really beat that.
Q: Right now you’re sixth all-time in the nation with 148 passing touchdowns.
You are just behind Greg Paulus in fifth, and you would have easily moved into the top-10 in yards passing and completions had you not missed the eight weeks this year. Are you disappointed you missed the eight games, and missed out on some opportunities to set some state records and move up in some national rankings?
A: Of course there’s that side of you that wishes you were there the whole season, but when I think of it as a whole it kind of bettered my team and brought us to this point playing for the state championship. Do I feel we could have made it to the state championship had I played? Yes. But I think them coming through that adversity really helped us in the long run.
After reading more on Golson in the past few weeks than I ever thought healthy, he reminds me an awful lot of Chris Leak, the former Florida quarterback who had a heralded prep career, only Golson has more athleticism. (And hopefully less baggage than the Leak brothers.)
Again, I wrote it earlier today in the recruiting breakdown, but when’s the last time you saw Notre Dame get in late on a recruit of this magnitude (throw stars out of it and look at his offer list) and actually seal the deal?
With Bubba Starling likely never setting foot on a college campus after he’s drafted professionally in baseball, the Golson signing is one reason to be very bullish on the Kelly regime’s recruiting skills.
(Let’s just worry about what they’ll do with all these quarterbacks later...)