Goff fulfills a dream by committing to Cal

Cal was the first school to offer Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic quarterback Jared Goff. On Friday, Goff became the Bears' first commit in the Class of 2013.

Jared Goff remembers standing along the rail at Memorial Stadium not so long ago, just a kid waiting for California players such as DeSean Jackson and Jahvid Best to sign his hat or throw their gloves and wristbands into the stands.

With his family holding season tickets to see the Golden Bears play, Goff first began to imagine what it would be like to play college football and what it would be like to play in Strawberry Canyon.

After committing to Cal on Friday, the Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic quarterback will soon realize that dream.

"It's what I have always imagined, going to play in the Pac-12 for my favorite school," Goff said in a telephone interview. "It hasn't really hit me yet."

The Bears were the first school to offer the four-star prospect and Scout 300 member a scholarship, doing so during last month's Junior Day. Goff added offers from Boise State and Washington State, but decided to verbally commit after weighing all factors.

"That definitely meant a lot," said Goff of Cal's early interest. "Just looking at it all over the past week, nothing can beat Cal."

Goff spoke highly of Bears head coach Jeff Tedford and quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo and praised the program's new and renovated facilities and overall environment in his decision. And while he has yet to decide on a major, he noted, "At Cal, you can't really go wrong academically."

On the field, Goff believes his well-rounded game is drew the eye of Cal coaches, noting his footwork, delivery and ability to always look downfield regardless of what is happening in the pocket.

"I've been told I have a good mix and can do everything well," Goff said. "It really seems like what I do fits well in their system. It's the perfect marriage."

Now Goff will turn his focus to bringing other top players to Berkeley, starting with massive Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande athlete Elijah Qualls, who is being recruited as a running back by Cal but could also play on the defensive line at the next level.

"He was there today and really seemed to love it. I'm definitely going to try and steer him to Cal," Goff said.

Goff will participate in the Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 Northern California Regional next month in Sacramento and plans to attend Cal's summer camps to begin working with Tedford and Arroyo.

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