Graduate transfer QB Everett Golson visited Florida Gators on Tuesday, per reports

By Adam Silverstein
May 12, 2015

Quarterback Everett Golson, a graduate transfer from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish who is still searching for his potential destination, visited the Florida Gators on Tuesday, according to multiple reports including one from Andy Staples of

Florida, which has scholarships available and a thin quarterback depth chart, has been considering adding a signal caller this offseason.

Golson reportedly has a list of 10 schools he is interested in attending. That list includes Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina and UCLA, according to, with the Seminoles supposedly being the favorite for his services after the two parties met on Monday.

In order to transfer to a Southeastern Conference program, Golson would require a waiver from league commissioner Mike Slive as he was involved in disciplinary action during his time at Notre Dame.

Golson led the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 regular-season record in 2012 and eventual berth in the 2013 BCS Championship, which Notre Dame lost 42-14 to Alabama. He completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 2,405 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, also rushing for 298 yards and six scores that season.

He was then suspended for the entire 2013 campaign due to violation of the school’s academic cheating rules before returning and starting 12 more contests in 2014. Golson completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,445 yards with 29 touchdowns and 14 picks in 2014, also adding 283 yards and eight more scores on the ground.

Nevertheless, after competing in spring practice with the Irish, Golson believed he would not be named the team’s starter this season.

The Gators are not solely focused on Golson but do seem to be in the market for a graduate transfer quarterback. According to ($), Florida was trying to add Josh Grady of the Vanderbilt Commodores before Golson became available. learned during the spring that Oklahoma State Cowboys QB Daxx Garman was also (at one time, at least) a candidate to join UF’s roster.

Gators spring practice consisted of redshirt freshman Will Grier and sophomore Treon Harris battling for the starting job with redshirt juniors Skyler Mornhinweg and walk-on Jacoby Guy competing for third-string reps.


  1. Jon says:

    I had read we were interested in Stephen Rivers from Vandy…not Grady, who is a WR now.

  2. Rv says:

    Heard something on gator country about Del Rios kid coming from Oregon state. Any truth to that?

  3. SaraGator says:

    Coach Mac hinted at a Gator club gathering that there might be additional quarterback competition!

  4. Timmy T says:

    Golson never impressed me and he has one year left. Treon shows some moxie, but he also shows some inability to do some things that are needed to win at the highest level. Maybe he will develop, maybe not. I’m thinking chuck Will Grier out there and see what we have. Take him on a test drive and if he flops, back to Treon. Recruit who Mac wants next year.

  5. KarVer says:

    They would be unable to play this year because of transfer rules, Right?
    If so hows that help us?

  6. Ken (CA) says:

    I wonder how much a QB with 1 year of eligibility will want to join UF, as a probably backup? Unless something stellar, which Gholson has proven he isn’t, getting past Treon or Will just in offense knowledge and having gone through spring practice will e a tough hurdle, other than being one more QB in case main folks go down. Gholson hasn’t proven himself, and the 12-0 season was more a fact of luck and the team around him than his ability, just as (It pains me to admit this) it appears the 10-2 season for UF was.

    If one of these guys do, great, but with a very limited o-line they may get opportunities due to injuries, but I don’t see them coming in and starting, unless Greer and Treon show as a complete disaster in fall practice.

    • Michael Jones says:

      I agree with most of what Ken (CA) has to say. While it may not be horrible to have a veteran QB presence around, I like the idea of developing the guys we have and continuing to recruit for the future.

      Will and–in all fairness considering his shoulder injury last season–Treon are both to a large extent unknown commodities. I will be interested in seeing what they can do under a recognized and accomplished developer of QB’s in McElwain. It might not be a painless process but growth never is.

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