Golson 'Amped Up' for UNC-LSU Game

North Carolina verbal commitment Everett Golson and his Myrtle Beach team got off to a stellar start in their quest to play for yet another state championship.

The Seahawks routed cross-town rival Carolina Forest, 63-6, on Friday.

"Our whole team played real well," Golson said. "I was kind of surprised by our whole team. Up front, we really blocked well. On the perimeter, our wide receivers basically caught everything that came their way."

Golson's performance at quarterback wasn't too shabby either. He completed 18 of his 22 passes (81.8-percent) for 302 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed once for a 22-yard score.

"The group of guys that I'm with this year, we've been together a long time, so we've really gelled," said Golson, who's a four-year starter at quarterback. "Some of the routes were covered but just because we have that bond, a wide receiver will stop [and] come back to the ball. So being on the same page as the wide receivers helped me make easier throws and not have to force too much."

This Friday, Myrtle Beach hosts Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes. Like the Seahawks, the Rebels played in the state championship game of their respective classification the past three seasons. Last year, Byrnes defeated Myrtle Beach, 65-14, in Duncan.

"We really want revenge," Golson said. "A lot of the guys that are on our team, they experienced that embarrassment last year.

"This whole week, we've been very focused on this game. Byrnes throws a whole lot of stuff at you on defense and that gets you confused. We feel like we're better prepared this year."

The expectation is for Myrtle Beach to play in its fourth consecutive championship game and win its third title in four seasons.

"I feel like if we play like we want it, the sky is the limit," Golson said. "We have a lot of potential on this team… We just have to keep working. The Carolina Forest game, I feel like we played as a unit and it really showed in the score."

Along the way, Golson has a chance of approaching national records. Heading into his senior season, he had completed 659-of-1,056 passes (62.2-percent) for 9,864 yards, 126 touchdowns, and just 24 interceptions. The national marks are as follows: passing touchdowns (185, Chris Leak of Charlotte (N.C.) Independence), completions (1,103 J.R. House of Nitro (W.V.)), yards (17,364 Ben Mauk of Kenton (Ohio)), and completion percentage (70.3, Jarrett Huma Hopi (Ari)).

While attending Myrtle Beach's junior varsity game last Thursday evening, Golson was informed that the NCAA's investigation of UNC had extended into possible academic misconduct.

"My coach came and told me about it," Golson said. "… He didn't know anything about it, but he told me a little bit about it.

"I didn't really have a first impression about it. The overall thing is that it doesn't change my decision about [committing to UNC]. I'm still solid to Carolina."

Golson, who was the first 2011 prospect to commit to UNC in early February, hasn't spoken to anyone from the school since the recent developments broke. However, he said he plans to call John Shoop, UNC's offensive coordinator, this week.

"I don't have any concerns, at all," Golson said. "I don't really know [what to think about it]. It looks bad on the program, I guess. But it still doesn't change my commitment or my thoughts about Carolina."

Golson says that he doesn't typically try to speak to the UNC coaches all that often.

"I've been focused on my season and I know they're focused on their season," Golson said. "I'm just trying to get the football season started and get my team on the right page."

When Golson has spoken to someone from UNC, it's usually Shoop. Additionally, Sam Pittman regularly calls Mickey Wilson, Myrtle Beach's head football coach.

"[Shoop and I discuss] everything," Golson said. "It's not always about football. It's more [about] me as a person – how I'm doing in basketball, how he wants me to come up there, and we do talk some about football."

Golson expects to attend at least three UNC home football games this season. The contests he's eying include East Carolina on Oct. 2 and Virginia Tech on Nov. 13.

On Saturday, Golson plans on watching UNC's season opener against LSU.

"I'm amped up," Golson said with a laugh. "I feel like I'm on the team right now just waiting for that game.

"I hope we come out on top. I feel real good about the defense. I'm really anxious to see what happens."

Although he hasn't spoken to UNC about it, Golson would prefer to officially visit Chapel Hill during the football season.

"I want to get the flow of the team," Golson said. "…I feel like going up there while they're in their season, I'll really be able to experience the college life."

There's also a chance Golson could officially visit other schools.

"I am solid to North Carolina, but I think I might take a couple of other visits just to kind of compare to [UNC]," Golson said. "Nothing is going to change [with my commitment]. I might take a couple of visits just to see what it's like."

Golson says there aren't any specific schools he's considering officially visiting. However, Notre Dame and Tennessee are among the schools that have continued to recruit him.

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