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Ole Miss Could Use Everett Golson the Most

He could be the piece that puts the Rebels over the top, but he's not likely going to end up there.

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It's unlikely that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson will transfer into the SEC. Any league school that wants to bring him in would need to get a waiver for two different conference rules, and that would seem to be a high bar to clear.

A 247sports report says that Florida State is the leader to get him, while ESPN is reporting that Alabama and South Carolina are also on the list of schools he told Notre Dame compliance he's interested in going to. Supposedly Georgia is another place of interest for the Myrtle Beach native, and people have speculated that Florida and LSU are places that could use his services.

In my estimation, the school that could use him most is not being talked about much. Edward Aschoff mentioned it in passing once, and that's about all I've seen. That place? Ole Miss.

The Rebels were quite possibly the best team in the country over the first half of the 2014 season. They fell off some as injuries ate away at a team that didn't have elite depth, but they have plenty coming back. One place they don't have a returning starter is quarterback, with Bo Wallace having exhausted his eligibility. The replacements didn't exactly shine in the spring, and the guy who most observers seem to think will win the job (Chad Kelly) didn't even leave the spring as the leader at the position.

Hugh Freeze brought in a monster 2013 recruiting class. He's recruited well since then, but the subsequent classes haven't matched it. Barring injury or off field issues, that class will almost certainly yield three first round NFL draft picks next year in Laremy Tunsil, Robert Nkemdiche, and Laquon Treadwell. It might have a fourth in Evan Engram. Several more key players are seniors this year, like Denzel Nkemdiche, Trae Elston, Jaylen Walton, and C.J. Johnson. Losing Tunsil and seniors Ben Still and Fahn Cooper means the offensive line will drop at least three starters after this season.

Long story short, Ole Miss has a window for excellence that's only going to be open for one more year. The core of the 2013 and 2014 teams is the best and most talented the program has had for a while, and it may be a while longer before it gets back there. Toss in a favorable SEC schedule and no Power 5 teams in the non-conference, and this is the year for Ole Miss to make a run. It would be tough to make that run without a solid answer to the current quarterback question.

Golson is not without his issues. He was particularly turnover prone last season and more generally has questionable decision making. He also completed 60% of his passes for a bit over eight yards per completion. He is mobile, and while he doesn't rush for a high yards per carry rate, the threat of a quarterback keeper might help out the run game.

With no one coming away impressed by the quarterback play in spring, Golson would probably be an upgrade over the guys already on the roster. The Rebels have more of a win-now urgency than rebuilding Florida or perennial mega recruiters Alabama, Georgia, and LSU. He's not the missing piece separating South Carolina from an SEC title, as that team's more than just one player away. He could be the missing piece that puts Ole Miss in true West division contention, which these days also means SEC and even playoff contention.

Again, it's not likely Golson will end up in the conference. It sounds like he'll be in Tallahassee. It just surprises me some not to see more discussion, if nothing else, about Golson and Ole Miss. The Rebels are the team he might most help out by coming.