High School Football

Myrtle Beach's Golson at Elite status

Myrtle Beach rising senior Everett Golson joined a who's who of football standouts Friday when it was announced that he will participate in the ESPN RISE Elite 11 Quarterback Competition next week at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

"Basically he's considered one of the top [12] quarterbacks in the country by ESPN and Nike," Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said.

Twelve of the most highly touted high school passers in the nation were invited to the event, which has a list of past participants that includes three Heisman Trophy winners (Tim Tebow, Matt Leinart and Troy Smith), 32 NFL players and six first-round draft picks. More than 95 percent of the Elite 11's past participants attended Bowl Championship Series colleges and more than half became starters for their college team.

Golson passed for 3,529 yards and 47 touchdowns in 2009 as he led the Seahawks to the Class AAA state championship game for the second straight season. In his three-year career as a starter, Golson has thrown for 9,864 yards and 126 TDs.

"He's always been a tremendous talent and he's worked extremely hard to get to this point. We're extremely excited about this. It starts us off on a good note going into this season," Wilson said.

Golson, 6-foot, 175 pounds, has already made a solid verbal commitment to play football and basketball at North Carolina. The reigning Toast of the Coast Offensive Player of the Year is just the second player from South Carolina to be picked for the event in its 12-year history.

The other was former Byrnes standout Willy Korn in 2006. Korn went to Clemson and announced earlier this year that he would transfer to Marshall.

Golson said being picked to attend the camp was a great achievement not only for himself, but for his team, his coaches and the community, but that he doesn't dwell on the awards and accolades.

"I try not to think about it too much, because I feel like I lose motivation from it. I just keep pushing and try not to think too much about the past," Golson said. "You can never get full. You've got to stay hungry. As many accomplishments as we've had, you still want more."

Although his ability certainly has been widely recognized, Golson garnered even more national attention in recruiting circles when he was named the MVP at the Nike Football Training Camp in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and drew acclaim later that day during the Elite 11 tryouts.

The four-day event begins Monday and will include competition between the participants as well coaching from a handful of college players, including Jerrod Johnson of Texas A&M, Jacory Harris of Miami (Fla.) and Michigan State's Kirk Cousins.

According to the event's website, players are selected based on tape evaluation, interviews and observations from the EA Sports Elite 11 regional camps and the Nike camps.