ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - He came from the NIKE Peach Jam in Georgia to the EA Sports Elite 11 and could have gone to Las Vegas for a few days to play more AAU basketball but Everett Golson is probably headed back to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for some rest and relaxation.
He needs it.
Golson, a 6-foot, 170-pound dual-threat quarterback and star basketball player, has been going non-stop for weeks either at football events or on the AAU circuit and as July drags on even he has gotten a little worn out.
The North Carolina commit - who plans to play both sports for the Tar Heels - is getting a taste of his future and even though it has been a grueling few weeks Golson said he has loved every minute.
"I'm tired, tired," Golson said Thursday on the fourth day of Elite 11 workouts. "Going back for basketball, it seems like every weekend it's either basketball or football. I'm not going to lie, it's kind of hard. You have to be pretty motivated.
"I can't really think about the last trip I had because I have another trip coming up but it's been real good. I've really enjoyed this month."
Even though it's been an incredibly hectic time for Golson, his schedule is not finished just yet. After a few days of down time at home, Golson will travel to Orlando, Fla., for the AAU basketball nationals. Only a few weeks later, preseason practice will start for his senior season of football.
"It's just a learning experience, just getting used to it," Golson said. "At North Carolina, I heard the stories, so you have to be ready for that dual-sport thing, going from football practice at 7 a.m. and then you're going back to basketball.
"It's going to be a lot and not too much down time so you just have to stay busy. I have to be prepared for it so that's why I'm doing it right now."
What's making this month even more valuable - and worth all the work - is that Golson said North Carolina football coach Butch Davis and basketball coach Roy Williams are supportive of his two-sport decision. It's going to be tough with the Tar Heels so Golson sees this as an introduction to how difficult playing two sports will be.
"Both of them are into it," Golson said. "Coach Williams feels like if you get a free steal on a player that's all good with him and coach Butch Davis understands what I want to do and he accepts it so he's been real open about it."