Everett Golson is leaving Notre Dame… with a diploma in hand and a year of eligibility to use right away this fall.
— Mary Green (@MaryEGreen15) May 7, 2015
While this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, it actually is a little surprising given most of the reports coming out of spring ball (once again: analyzing spring ball is a fool’s errand). Back on April 11th, Brian Kelly stated that there were no signs of Golson planning on transferring away from Notre Dame. How much of that was coachspeak could be up for debate, but given the fact that Golson appeared to have more reps with the 1’s than Zaire, would suggest that Kelly truly believed that Everett was coming back to the Bend in 2015.
I won’t sprinkle this story with much angst or joy. Ideally, having one quarterback is the better choice, but injuries, suspensions, and frustrating play at the position over the years has me disappointed that the position loses so many snaps.
I am a big believer and supporter of Golson despite his erratic play in 2014. I truly feel that if Notre Dame would have developed a better running game with its running backs, the brilliance of Golson would have shined that much brighter. That’s not to say that the same thing can’t happen in different ways with Zaire, but the “unknown” is so much more obvious with Malik.
No official word abut where Golson may end up at, but some early suggestions have been Florida State and Texas (as well as reports about LSU).
After Zaire, this leaves Notre Dame with redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer, true freshman Brandon Wimbush, and Montgomery VanGorder (son of Uncle Rico). Brian Kelly is going to lay a lot of responsibility upon Zaire’s shoulders, but Kelly has said that he is supremely confident in Zaire’s ability.
Your new Supreme Leader, Malik Zaire.