Everett Golson might have come to Notre Dame as a three-star quarterback, but coach Brian Kelly likened his return to landing a big-time prep star.
"He's probably our best recruit right now in this recruiting season. That's a five-star recruit for us," Kelly said on Comcast SportsNet on Tuesday. "I think he comes in a better person, a stronger person (with) an understanding of the mistakes he's made, and he's going to build on that. I think our players are excited about having him back, and I know that he's excited about coming back to Notre Dame and I think he's stronger for the things he's gone through.
"Again, he's got to come in and do all the right things in the classroom and in our community, but I think everybody is excited about the prospects of having Everett back in the program."
ESPN.com reported Golson will be re-admitted to Notre Dame on Dec. 13, which fits with the mid-December timetable given by Kelly and confirmed by a university official last month. Golson was expelled for the fall semester at Notre Dame for cheating on a test in May, only a few months removed from quarterbacking the Irish to the BCS Championship.
Golson completed 58.8 percent of his passes and threw for 2,405 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions last season.
While Kelly told ESPN.com that Golson will not be able to participate in bowl practices after he's re-admitted, he told Comcast SportsNet that Golson will be fully cleared to participate in Notre Dame's winter workouts and spring practice.
"I think this is a great opportunity for him to get back in the routine of class and the community back at Notre Dame and certainly our program itself in terms of weight training, conditioning and spring ball," Kelly said. "Excited for Everett, excited that he's been given this opportunity by the university, and I know he's going to make the best of this second chance."