Spring Spotlight: Everett Golson, Pt 1

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. --- North Carolina verbal commitment Everett Golson has been the best player on Myrtle Beach High School's roster the past three seasons – all ending in the SCHSL AAA Title Game. However, it hasn't actually been his team until now.

"The biggest thing is in the past he has been an underclassman and now that he's a senior this is going to be his football team with the other seniors that we've got," head coach Mickey Wilson said. "It's going to be neat to see that transpire and see him take that leadership role. Before he's always been an underclassman, even though he was one of our leaders, it's a different role for him this year."

Outside of building chemistry with the new receivers and offensive linemen, between the lines it should be business as usual for Golson, who has quarterbacked Myrtle Beach's spread offense the past three seasons.

"He's gotten to the point where he knows the offense so well it's kind of scary," Wilson said.

A few days after the 2010 class signed its Letters of Intent, Golson verbally committed to UNC.

"It feels great," Golson said. "North Carolina is an elite program – not only in athletics, but also in academics. So being a Tar Heel is an honor."

Since Golson committed to UNC, Wilson says other schools' recruiting efforts have "somewhat" decreased.

"There's still some interest there," Wilson said. "Tennessee came in about a month ago and offered him, which was a big offer.

"He's solidly committed to North Carolina. But as everybody knows, the landscape of college football is always changing and people are always moving. It's good to have options if something were to happen."

This summer, Golson is considering returning to UNC's camp and also making a visit to Tennessee.

"I've been talking about visiting other schools, but not just to be looking at them but to compare them to UNC to see why UNC is that premiere program," Golson said.

Although he's a soft-spoken, laid back-type, Golson has been doing a little bit of recruiting for UNC. His main targets are friends Shon Carson and Charone Peake.

"[Carson] is really thinking about coming up [to UNC], too," Golson said. "[Peake] told me he liked Clemson, a lot, but that North Carolina was up in the mix."

Golson communicates regularly with UNC's coaching staff. Most of the communication is either with Sam Pittman, who recruits the area for UNC, or John Shoop, UNC's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.

"I converse with [Shoop] a lot," Golson said. "I just talk to him about tips to try to help me better myself before I get there."

Check back tomorrow for Part II...

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