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Will UCLA Bring Everett Golson To Westwood?

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Could the Bruins welcome another player who wants to get away from Brian Kelly and Notre Dame?

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Notre Dame QB Everett Golson announced today that he is graduating from Notre Dame and transferring to another school rather than playing his final year for the Fighting Irish.

That raises the immediate question of whether UCLA will recruit Golson to come play his final year of college football for the Bruins.

Remember: Prior to the start of spring practice, UCLA was trying to recruit former Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams, Jr. as a graduate transfer before he ultimately decided to go to Oregon.

As a graduate transfer, Golson would be eligible to play immediately.

But, why would Golson want to consider playing in the Los Angeles area?

Well, for starters, when he was suspended two years ago, there was speculation that he could transfer to Riverside City College. He was seen on campus there back then.

But, more importantly, his girlfriend at the time was attending Southern Cal. I cannot speak to the status of the relationship or whether she is still in school, but Westwood is certainly a lot closer than South Bend. With Cody Kessler still at the helm for the Trojans, it wouldn't make sense for Golson to consider transferring to Southern Cal.

And, the UCLA QB job remains open.

Not only that, but Golson might just feel at home playing for another team with gold helmets that happens to be one of Southern Cal's rivals.

Could Golson be the one-year solution that the Bruins seemed to be seeking with Vernon Adams, Jr.?

Golson's stats are certainly impressive. In 2014, he threw for almost 3,500 yards with 29 TDs and only 14 interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes.

Golson hasn't said what schools he is considering, but he did issue this statement to Fox Sports:

After much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided that it is in my best interest to graduate from Notre Dame and transfer to another school effectively immediately. I would like to thank everyone at Notre Dame for the opportunity to compete at the highest level of college football, but most importantly to obtain my degree from one of the finest universities in the country. To all the Fighting Irish fans, I want to thank you for your support over the past four years and let you know I truly love Notre Dame. To my former teammates, who I will miss tremendously, I wish much success in the future and will be your biggest fan from afar.

I will have no future comment at this time and ask that you respect my time as I figure out this live changing moment. God has a plan for each of us and I ask for your prayers as I move forward in this new journey in my life.

So, will Golson decide to come to Westwood?

It's possible, but it really depends on how the coaches feel about our quarterback competition after Spring Ball. Realistically, it really would be best for the team in the long run to have Josh Rosen redshirt this year and take over the starting job next year, but if the coaches really believe that he's ready to go this year or if they feel like either Jerry Neuheisel or Asiantii Woulard will provide the leadership the team needs, then they may not try to bring Golson in.

Only time will tell.

Go Bruins!!!