Everett Golson will have to earn starting job at FSU

Everett Golson’s decision to tranfer to Florida State was both understandable and questionable.

On one hand, Golson is transferring into a program that has no clear successor to a Heisman/National Championship winning quarterback and a team that is deeply talented pretty much across the board. On the other hand, Golson is transferring into a program that has continuously reloaded with highly-recruited quarterbacks who are probably capable of taking the reigns.

In addition, Golson spurned many quarterback-needy teams, such as Florida and South Carolina, to do so.

Clearly, Golson wants to have the best possible chance to win. He picked a team where he’d face legitimate competition at quarterback with the confidence that he’d come out on top and be rewarded with a roster that’s overflowing with talent. 

At the wide receiver position alone, the Seminoles have two freshmen who made the 2015 Rivals 100 (George Campbell and Da’Vante Phillips) along with former consensus 5-star prospect and current sophomore Ermon Lane—and those are just the underclassmen.

With the possibility of that kind of depth and talent at his disposal, it’s easy to see why Golson chose to enter the Seminoles’s quarterback competition. However, that competition is no joke, and Golson is going to have to beat out senior Sean Maguire and possibly a talented freshman named Deiondre Francois.

Maguire, who is probably best remembered as the guy who led FSU over Clemson in 2014 to keep their undefeated season and National Title hopes alive while James Winston was suspended, was talented coming out of high school but wasn’t a five-star recruit by any metric.

However, neither was Golson, who was even listed by some services as an athlete instead of a quarterback. Francois, who was rated 39th overall by Rivals in the 2015 recruiting cycle, is a very long shot to win the job, but still shouldn’t be forgotten.

Even taking into account the legitimate competition he will face, Golson is expected to win the job and will probably take the first snap for the ‘Noles in 2015. Given his history of off-field issues and the string of off-field issues at Florida State in recent months (including this video of would-be competitor De’Andre Johnson clocking a woman in the face), Golson should fit in rather nicely under center at FSU.

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