Goff Makes His Case at Elite 11 Regional

Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic quarterback Jared Goff wins accuracy award and is one of six finalists at Bay Area Elite 11 regional.

SAN PABLO, Calif. – Sharing the field at Contra Costa College with Scout's two top-ranked quarterbacks on the West Coast, Jared Goff of Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic made his case as one of the best in the Class of 2013 at the Elite 11 regional.

While the California-committed signal-caller did not earn a berth to the finals in Redondo Beach, Calif., in July yet, Goff performed well enough to win a Golden Gun jersey for accuracy and be one of six quarterbacks to compete in the final challenge, a two-minute drill.

"I had a lot of fun," Goff said. "I came out here not really knowing what to expect and had a lot of fun. I thought it was really great competing against the best guys in the country, guys like Cooper Bateman, Max Browne.

"I was accurate and my performance in that last little pressure cooker, I thought I did well."

Wearing shorts adorned with the trademark blue and gold of the Golden Bears, Goff showed off his pinpoint passing and arm strength throughout the two-hour event, looking every bit the equal of USC-bound Browne, the day's MVP who received a golden ticket to the finals, and thoroughly outplaying Bateman, who committed to Alabama this week.

But unlike them, the 185-pound Goff is still developing physically, giving him a greater potential upside.

Working with the coaching staff that includes Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer and private quarterback tutor George Whitfield, Goff was able to balance the contest with their instruction.

"I think you just got to take it as you go. Every time you hear something, you just got to take it and keep moving. You can't slow down and try to think about something too much. You just got to take it and hope your abilities take over," he said.

The only disappointment for Goff was not getting to talk to Dilfer about playing for Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, Dilfer's quarterback coach at Fresno State.

Now the competition transitions from the field to the recruiting trail, as Goff and Browne will return Sunday for the Nike Camp to convince peers to sign letters of intent next February.

Goff identified Oakley (Calif.) Freedom wide receiver Darrell Daniels, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Michael Hutchings and defensive end Austin Hooper, Auburn (Calif.) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande running back Elijah Qualls as players he wants to bring to Berkeley. All but Vanderdoes and Hooper are set to participate in the camp.

Goff and Qualls are friends and have been 7-on-7 teammates, but that might not be enough to make the unique athlete become a Bear.

"He's awesome and I'd love to have him in the Cal family, but wherever he chooses to go I'll support him in that decision," Goff said.

The immediate focus for Goff is finding out if he will be able to graduate early from high school, which would allow him to participate in spring practice and compete to replace redshirt senior Zach Maynard.

"I'll know within the next two weeks," Goff said.

Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and covers the Pac-12 for Fox Sports/Scout.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.

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