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Irish Insights: Golson To LSU? Recruiting Rumors

Golson Gone???

According to The New Orleans Times Picayune, the unsourced theory suggests the one time starter for the Irish has "reached out" to the Tigers in hopes of persuing playing time with his clock ticking as a college quarterback.

"Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who played against LSU less than a week ago, is interested in becoming a Tiger. The senior, who is scheduled to graduate in May, has reached out to LSU about transferring there for his final season of NCAA eligibility.LSU is exploring the possibility but would have to obtain a waiver from the conference office since Golson was declared academically ineligible for the 2013 season. The SEC rule allows graduate student transfers without waivers if the student maintained eligibility, had no significant disciplinary issues at the old school and earned all possible APR points.Graduate transfers are required to make progress toward a graduate degree, otherwise the school won't be able to apply the grad-student exception in that athlete's sport for three years."

Speculation was elevated obviously by the play of Malik Zaire in the Irish bowl game against LSU, and the trials of Everett over the last 2 years and his massive turnover issue that led to the insertion of Zaire as the starter for the Music City Bowl game.

The two Irish quarterbacks split duties somewhat in the Music City Bowl, with Zaire starting and getting the majority of the reps.

Each passed for modest numbers, but it was clear early that Zaire commanded the position with zero setbacks.

Zaire led the Irish on an opening drive that took up 7:56 of the 1st quarter, hit Will Fuller for the games first score and from there- never looked back.

Golson was fast to reply via his Twitter feed:

"Don't believe everything you here."

His one-time mentor, George Whitfield even came to the defense that Golson isn't budging from Notre Dame.

But the reasons for a departure coming to a halt reside within Golson himself and not any offer or allure of sorts from another university, especially one his team just beat.

Golson has surrounded himself with his own turmoil.

And in 2014, he set himself back in the eyes of potential draft scouts that may have been eyeballing him for the NFL draft next year.

But Golson has remained very vocal about one thing: undoing his wrongs.

He has already made restitution for his suspension for his academic issues.

He spent his own time harnessing his game with Whitfield while in hiatus. And his return in 2014 was capped by his performance against Florida State.

Golson shouldered the burden of overcoming all odds while marching his offense on a late scoring drive that was all but erased by a phantom penalty.

It was a flawless,gut checking display.

From there, he rescended in dramatic fashion and was the culprit for many turnovers and perhaps even the posterchild for a loss against Arizona State.

The next phase of the Golson Redemption plan will be to prove doubters wrong about his ability to hold on to a starters role simply by playing better and refraining from the mass exodus of balls tossed to the other guys.

Whether it's another workout session of sorts with another heralded guru or just study time in the film room or on his own, Golson has always been about doing what others said he couldn't do.

He led his team to the title game in 2012 as a freshman player and his final season in an Irish uniform should again provide storylines for his play in South Bend.


Recruiting Stretch Run

With but a few weeks remaing for several recruits to pledge their loyalty to universities across the country, the Irish remain in play for a couple of top offensive targets.

SoSo Jamabo, 6'2" 206 lbs remains a top target for Brian Kelly and Notre Dame.

Ronald Jones pledged his loyalties to USC during the Under Armour All-American game last Friday- pretty much opening the door for Jamabo to commit to Notre Dame.

Jamabo is currently ranked as the top back in the country according to ESPNU.

Equanimeous St Brown, the #7 wide receiver also is a coveted offensive target remaing on the Irish radar.

The 6'5" 205 lb lanky wideout out of Servite High School in California comes from the same high school of former Notre Dame Tight End Troy Niklas. At Servite High School, St. Brown collected 42 receptions for 725 yards and 6 touchdowns.


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