Goff transitions from baseball to Bears

Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic quarterback Jared Goff enjoyed working with his future California coaches Sunday.

BERKELEY, Calif. – In 48 hours, Jared Goff went from being one of the boys of summer to getting a taste of his football future.

On Saturday, Goff manned his spot at shortstop as the Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic baseball team won the North Coast Section Division IV title for the second consecutive season. The next day, he was back at quarterback at California's All-American Showcase camp, learning from his future college coaches.

"We're done now, so now it's football season," said Goff, who has discussed the possibility of playing baseball for the Golden Bears. However, he understands that the demands of spring practice will make that highly unlikely.

Goff is waiting to hear from his high school if he can enroll early at Cal next January, which would give him a chance to compete to start in 2013. Regardless, he got a preview of what will come by working with head coach Jeff Tedford and quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo.

"I had a lot of fun learning from Coach Tedford and Coach Arroyo, all the stuff they preach at Cal and being able to put it in to my game," Goff said. "I like how Coach Arroyo is kind of a young guy and he can relate to teenagers, and Coach Tedford just know so much about quarterbacking. Just from the little things he was telling me helped so much, it was great."

Along with getting stronger – Goff said he needs to put on 20 to 30 pounds in the next year – the two technical aspects of his game they stressed he needs to work on are ball placement and footwork.

"The footwork they teach here is a little bit different than what I have been doing, so I need to work on that and just get better," he said.

Goff also had a chance to work with several possible teammates such as Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande running back Elijah Qualls and Lakewood (Calif.) wide receiver Xavier Shepherd.

"I just had a lot of fun throwing to those good receivers. They lined me up with some of the guys that are prospects for Cal and they looked really good," Goff said.

The other Bear commit at Witter Rugby Field besides Goff was Mansfield (Texas) linebacker Chad Whitener, the two hitting it off immediately.

"I think he's a lot like me with the way he is just easy-going and relaxed, but when he gets on the field it's time to go," 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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