Alabama was one of 10 schools Golson gave to Notre Dame's compliance office as a potential place to play his final year. However, Alabama is skeptical that SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who retires July 1, or commissioner-elect Greg Sankey would grant Golson a waiver to attend an SEC school, a source said.
Golson, who started 23 games for the Irish, graduated last month and is transferring to play his final season at another school. Golson visited Florida State on Monday, Florida on Tuesday and Georgia on Wednesday.
If Golson wants to transfer to an SEC school, he would require a waiver approved by the SEC commissioner because he doesn't meet all the requirements of incoming SEC transfer student-athletes.
The SEC's graduate transfer rule -- 220.127.116.11 -- states the student-athlete must meet seven criteria. Golson would not meet the fourth criterion, 18.104.22.168d, which states: "The student-athlete has not been subject to official university or athletics department disciplinary action at any time during enrollment at any previous collegiate institution (excluding limited discipline applied by a sports team)."
"A waiver is possible, but not easily granted," a source told ESPN last week.
The SEC also restricts student-athletes from transferring to an SEC school with less than two years of eligibility unless their previous school discontinued their sport or without a hardship circumstance.
Golson did not play during the 2013 season after he was suspended from Notre Dame for cheating on a test. He returned to Notre Dame before the 2014 season.