Josh Kendall

Everett Golson sweepstakes: Handicapping the race for QB’s services

Everett Golson (5) while at Notre Dame
Everett Golson (5) while at Notre Dame USA TODAY Sports

Everett, Everett, Everett.

Four days after quarterback Everett Golson announced he was transferring from Notre Dame, everybody still is talking about the Myrtle Beach native. Everybody except Golson, of course. With the lack of a definitive statement from the quarterback, or any of the other principals in this situation, let’s take a look at the places he might land with a percentage chance attached to each.

1. FLORIDA STATE

80 percent

Sean Maguire is the Seminoles quarterback competition leader coming out of spring practice, but there’s little belief at the moment Maquire is a national championship-caliber quarterback. One year of Golson would be a nice bridge between Jameis Winston and Jimbo Fisher’s next crop of eight-star recruits, and there’s no pesky SEC waiver needed.

2. LSU

10 percent

If anybody can talk the SEC into giving Golson a waiver, it’s noted linguist Les Miles. He also happens to really need a quarterback, if last year’s disaster behind center is any indication. The combination of Leonard Fournette at running back and Golson’s cannon arm could be fearsome.

3. GEORGIA

5 percent

Maybe the Bulldogs don’t think they have the answer at quarterback on campus, but that seems hard to believe. If Georgia wants a quarterback, it could sell him on the “one-piece-away” argument because the Bulldogs look solid enough everywhere else.

4. SOUTH CAROLINA

4 percent

The Gamecocks run the zone read. Golson is not a fan of the offense. The Gamecocks did not recruit Golson heavily when he was two hours away in high school. Golson likely remembers. Golson turned the ball over 22 times last year. Steve Spurrier might not survive that.

5. TEXAS

1 percent

The Longhorns may be looking for a quarterback, but Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported Monday that Notre Dame will not release Golson to anybody who is on the 2015 schedule. That includes the Longhorns.

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