Pending Decision?

Notre Dame hosted several top prospects for the 2011 recruiting class this past weekend and no more important that quarterback Everett Golson from Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Golson is still currently committed to North Carolina, but the Irish are certainly on his mind.

Everett Golson intends on graduating early, so he doesn't have time to waste as he works on solidifying his college choice. Golson made his official visit to Notre dame last weekend and he liked what he saw of Brian Kelly's program.

"I had a good time. I think the trip was a complete success," Golson said. "They won the game and it was really exciting for me and my parents to get to walk through the tunnel with the team and getting to see how loyal their fans were.

"There was a little rain when I was up there, but the fans didn't move. They just stayed into the game and kept cheering the team on. You don't see that at many places. Normally the fans would go for cover, but they didn't do it up there."

Notre Dame has struggled against average teams, but last weekend the Irish played their most complete game of the year, as they coasted to a 28-3 victory. The effort didn't go unnoticed by the recruits in attendance, and it certainly made an impression on Golson.

"It was very important," Golson said Notre Dame's win. "Knowing that they have a lot of people hurt, and to still compete and win that game...that was big. It says a lot about coach Kelly, just the job that he's doing and the competitive spirit that he has. Seeing them win that game through all that adversity, it means a lot for that team and the program.

"I really got a chance to build a good relationship with coach Alford and I got a chance to talk to coach Kelly. I asked (Kelly) about the offense and what he wanted and how he ran his offense. He said that he wanted to air it out and run some zone read stuff. Obviously I don't have a problem with that."

Golson grew up a North Carolina fan, so it will be difficult to pull him away from the Tar Heels. Still Notre Dame did show him some things that were appealing to him.

"Notre Dame is a top school, bar none," he said. "The thing that hit me was, the campus is really big for the amount of people that are there. I think there are only about 8,000 students there. I kind of like that. It would give me a chance to get closer with everybody. Just the fact that you're not living in a football dorm, it kind of puts an emphasis about the student part of being a student-athlete."

With Everett graduating in December, everyone does expect a decision fairly soon.

"Definitely sometime soon," he said. "I definitely want to have a decision soon." Top Stories