- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Incoming Florida State quarterback Everett Golson is in San Diego this week, working out with quarterback guru George Whitfield and preparing for his new life as a Seminole.
He's got a thick playbook with him that coach Jimbo Fisher shipped after he picked Florida State and is set for arrival in Tallahassee on June 7. In his first interview since announcing he would play for the Seminoles for his final season, Golson told Bruce Feldman of FoxSports.com that he decided to leave Notre Dame because he "needed a fresh start. It was me sitting down and thinking, 'OK, where do I feel the most comfortable?' It was nothing to knock Notre Dame. I just had to put myself in the best position possible."
The decision to pick Florida State ended up being fairly straightforward. Golson was not sure whether he'd be cleared to play for the SEC schools he visited. He also said he would have had interest in Texas, but Notre Dame would not let him transfer there because the two schools open the season against each other. That left Florida State as the most logical choice. Golson explained that his meeting with Fisher made the decision easier:
"One of the things I was looking for in a coach was for him to be genuine. What he's built there at Florida State really sold itself before I started really looking. Actually sitting down and talking to him, I felt like he was gonna shoot me straight and he was a genuine guy. If you're not doing so well, he's gonna tell you, and if you are doing well, he's gonna tell you that, too. I can really respect a guy like that.
"For me, it all started with him being genuine and for me to be able to [play] free again. I think that's what I lost sight of last season. At the beginning of the season, I was playing free. I was having fun. Closer to the end of the season, it kinda came to feel like a burden."
Golson told Feldman he expects to compete for the starting job. In an interview with The Associated Press earlier this week, Fisher told college football reporter Ralph D. Russo the same. “Controversy and competition is two different things. It’s competition,” Fisher said. “And players on the team, when a guy is a competitor and he does well — whether it’s Sean [Maguire], it’s Everett, it’s De’Andre [Johnson], it’s J.J. [Consentino], it’s Deondre Francois — whoever is on our team, they’ll follow the guys who play the best, respond the best and lead them the best.”
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