Goff makes the cut for Elite 11 finals

Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic quarterback Jared Goff looking forward to learning from Trent Dilfer, a former pupil of Cal coach Jeff Tedford, at the Elite 11 finals next month.

After a strong performance at the Oakland Elite 11 regional and Nike Football Training Camp last month, Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic quarterback Jared Goff was confident there would be a ticket to the Elite 11 finals with his name on it.

On Thursday, the California commit officially earned his spot as one of the top 25 high school seniors-to-be. Goff will travel to Redondo Beach, Calif. in July seeking to join a lineage of premier signal-callers.

"I felt I did well enough to get the invitation. I was happy with my performance over the two days, especially on Sunday when I came home with MVP, and I couldn't be more excited right now," Goff said. "I'm just pumped to go down there and get to compete with some of the best quarterbacks in the country and prove myself."

He has done that already, matching USC commit Max Browne, Alabama commit Cooper Bateman and Oklahoma State commit Luke Del Rio throw for throw in May, though Browne came away with the Golden Ticket and automatic berth in the finals that day. Now everyone will be pushing for a spot in the top 11.

One measuring stick for Goff will be another future Pac-12 foe, Washington commit Troy Williams of Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne.

"I'm looking forward to meeting him. I've heard a lot of good things about him," Goff said. "Troy Williams being a California kid, I look forward to being able to prove myself against him.

"There's a lot of guys. The top quarterbacks in the country are there and I'm looking forward to meeting all of them and being able to hang out and compete with them."

During the five-day camp, Goff will also get to work with several standout college quarterbacks, renowned private tutor George Whitfield and lead counselor Trent Dilfer.

Learning from Dilfer, who played for Golden Bears coach Jeff Tedford at Fresno State before winning a Super Bowl during his 13-year NFL career, will be the highlight for Goff.

"Getting that one-on-one with Coach Dilfer I think will be pretty awesome," he said. "Being able to pick his mind and learn different tricks of the trade when it comes to quarterback and just the little things that will help me so much, that's what I'm looking forward to most."

Goff will be able to put those tips into practice at Cal as soon as next spring, as he is working to enroll early by taking several online classes.

"There was a little hiccup with an English class," he said. "I got to figure that out real quick, but it should be fine and I should be ready to go."

Bypassing his final semester of high school to participate in spring practice will give Goff a chance to begin learning the playbook and develop physically. With incumbent Zach Maynard entering his final season, Goff will also have the chance, however remote, to start for the Bears in 2013.

"That's what you always want to come in and try to compete for," he said. "I know they have a few guys ahead of me, a few guys that are older, but that's a big reason for me wanting to come in there as a freshman. If you're not looking to be the starter or not looking to compete, then you shouldn't be enrolling early.

"I'll go in there and try and learn as much as I can as quick as I can. Zach Kline did a great job with it this year, just picking it up quick and hopefully I can do the same next year."

Knowing that unexpected circumstances could force him into action as a true freshman, Goff will do everything possible to be ready.

"Anything can happen," he said. "You just have to be prepared."

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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