As many expected, Florida State football gained the services of former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson on Tuesday, meaning that FSU will have six scholarship QBs on its roster come fall camp, as things stand presently. This could certainly have broader effects with the 'Noles, but what could his addition mean to the Seminoles' quarterback depth chart, specifically?
Well, to begin, it seems likely that the 'Noles are down to a two-player race for the starting signal-caller position. While redshirt-junior Sean Maguire had been the odds-on favorite to secure the QB1 spot prior to Golson's arrival, he and Golson will now battle for the starting nod throughout unofficial summer drills and particularly in fall camp; whoever doesn't come out on top will step into the backup role. Jimbo Fisher didn't risk distraction and discontinuity in his locker room to bring in a third-stringer.
And while Maguire and Golson will compete for first-team reps, this recent addition could also have effects on the other QBs. Since he's already used his redshirt, and has a year of practice experience under his belt, second-year man J.J. Cosentino seems likely to be QB3. After being moved from quarterback to receiver during the 2014 season, it wouldn't be surprising if John Franklin III again switches positions. Newcomer Deondre Francois, who won't be in until fall camp, was probably going to redshirt anyway, and Golson coming aboard likely solidifies such a move. And fellow freshman De'Andre Johnson, although an early enrollee who participated in spring ball, could redshirt as well.
What remains to be seen is if the Golson addition will result in any FSU QBs seeking a transfer, especially since five-star prospect Malik Henry is committed to Florida State's 2016 recruiting class and plans on enrolling early. Many feel that Henry's spring arrival in Tallahassee could give him a leg up on the competition for the starting job next year.