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“I think this is going to truly be his defining moment. That he’s going to grow and live and learn from this mistake,” he said.

Golson’s former coach at Myrtle Beach High School, Mickey Wilson Jr., had similar thoughts, saying the QB’s hometown fans have faith in him.

“We believe he will learn from this and continue to grow as a young man both on and off the field,” he said in an email.

Kelly said no other schools have contacted Notre Dame about the possibility of Golson transferring. He also said he didn’t try to contact Gunner Kiel, one of the top-rated quarterbacks coming out of high school a year ago, who transferred from Notre Dame to Cincinnati at the end of the spring semester.

“That’s not something I’ve ever done, nor would I do. I’m going to coach the guys that want to be here at Notre Dame,” he said.

Kelly also said he expects defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes from Auburn, Calif., to show up for summer school next month. There have been media reports that Vanderdoes, a five-star recruit, may be having second thoughts about playing for the Irish.

“We’ll see who shows up. There’s always a surprise or two. We hope they’re all here when they’re asked to report in June,” Kelly said.