Practice Tour: Everett Golson

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. --- Although Everett Golson will only be a junior this fall, the 6-foot, 165-pound quarterback has already received as much publicity and attention – if not more – than most seniors.

"He can make all throws and not a lot of [rising juniors] can say that," Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School head football coach Mickey Wilson said. "He can throw the deep outs, he can throw the posts down the middle, he can throw the deep fade – he can throw every throw he needs to throw.

"He's very, very intelligent. He does a great job of making his reads and knowing where the ball should go.

"And I think the third thing – and this is something that makes our offense so dynamic – the fact that when things break down, he gets outside of the pocket he has a great ability to make things happen. A lot of kids, especially young kids, when they get outside of the pocket they panic and want to run – he doesn't do that. He looks for open guys and points."

Golson can't receive official scholarship offers until September 1, but he has received verbal offers from Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

"With Everett, the scary thing is its still early in the recruiting process for him," Wilson said.

Golson also excels in basketball, where he averaged 13.8 points-per-game from his point guard position. Just about every interested school, including UNC, has discussed the opportunity to play both football and basketball.

Despite growing up in South Carolina, Golson's favorite school is UNC.

"It just has always been my dream school," he said. "I took a couple of unofficial visits up there and it feels like home to me. I like the coaching staff, I like how the campus is, [and] the people around there seem pretty cool."

Golson says he keeps in regular contact with Sam Pittman, who recruits South Carolina for UNC. Pittman has informed Golson that UNC will likely sign two quarterbacks in the 2011 class.

"They told me they offered me but they also offered [Justin] Worley from Northwestern," Golson said. "It's like everywhere you go you're going to have to compete, so I'm looking forward to it."

Golson camped at UNC in June where he was able to work out under John Shoop, UNC's quarterbacks coach.

"Coach Shoop, he's a pretty funny dude," Golson said with a laugh. "I could see myself being coached by him."

As a freshman, Golson became the starting quarterback – and thus the focal point – of Myrtle Beach's spread offense.

"Everett is our trigger man and he has been for the last two years," Wilson said. "He does a great job in our offense and I really think it's a great fit for the type of player that he is. [Our offense] is basketball on grass and he's a good basketball player too.

"He has the ball in his hands on every play, so he's got to make great decisions for us. He's got to take care of the ball – he does a great job of that. He's our ignition switch."

During his inaugural season, Golson passed for 2,802 yards and 35 touchdowns with a 63.5 percent completion mark. Myrtle Beach went 12-1 with the lone defeat coming in the third round of the playoffs.

With a year of experience under Golson's belt, Myrtle Beach went 13-1 and won the state championship. Meanwhile, Golson's numbers improved to 3,570 yards and 44 touchdowns through the air and 142 yards and three scores on the ground.

As Myrtle Beach attempts to repeat this fall, its schedule includes a matchup with Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes on September 4 live on ESPN.

"Our kids are excited about it," Wilson said. "You look on the schedule and see those guys on there and you know how talented they are. They're probably the best team in the history of South Carolina."

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