Goff edges future Pac-12 foe for NFTC MVP

Jared Goff again goes head-to-head with USC commit Max Browne, but the California-bound quarterback is named MVP at the Nike Camp.

SAN PABLO, Calif. – Quarterback prospects Jared Goff and Max Browne competed for the first time this weekend, but based on their performances, it certainly won't be the last time.

Goff, the California commit from Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic just across the bay, came away with the MVP honors at the Nike Football Training Camp, two days after being edged out for the top prize at the Elite 11 regional by Browne, who will attend USC.

"That was awesome," Goff said. "Coming out here on Friday, I was hoping to get that MVP. Max came up and got it. I was just hoping to come out here (today) and get it. I did my job and played well."

Working in considerably calmer conditions at Contra Costa College – quarterbacks had to deal with strong wind gusts during the Elite 11 – Goff excelled during one-on-one drills and in the half-skelly against a talented crop of defensive backs.

He credited familiarity with the coaches and concepts from earlier with his consistency, noting that he "hit almost every route."

But despite Goff's recognition it was Browne who received the golden ticket to The Opening in July at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The two future Pac-12 foes had not met before, but ended up in the same group Sunday, giving them plenty of time to get acquainted.

"We were going back and forth in the competition drills and stuff," Goff said. "We were right next to each other in the line.

"At first I was like, ‘Hey, we're going to be doing this for four years.'"

Goff's immediate focus now turns back to baseball – he plays shortstop for the Wildcats – and preparing for his senior season.

"We got a lot of good guys returning," he said. "I want to win the NCS (North Coast Section) first, then hopefully get that bid to state."

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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