Va. Lineman Favors UNC

Joe Goff's visit to North Carolina earned high marks, as did new Tar Heel defensive line coach Tray Scott.

CLIFTON, Va. --- With a shared interest in the colleges in North Carolina, Joe Goff and his Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal teammates Patrice Rene and Jesse Meyler used their spring break to embark on a tour of the Tar Heel State.

North Carolina, which recently offered Goff, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound lineman, was a stop along their tour. That visit took place April 10.

“I thought it was amazing,” Goff said. “I didn’t really know much about the North Carolina schools. I knew they had a good program [and] good education, so going down there was great. I met with the new D-line coach, Tray Scott – great dude. We really got a great connection going down there.”

Goff’s meeting with Scott commenced the relationship between potential position coach and player. Since that introduction, the two have communicated on several occasions.

“I asked him a couple of days ago what the situation would be like if I signed with them,” Goff said. “He said, ‘When you come in it would be time for you to work for a second string spot, possibly a first string. So that was good news to hear from the coach.”

According to Goff, Scott projects Goff to play three-technique in the 4-3 defensive scheme that UNC installed this spring.

UNC made a strong enough impression on Goff that he lists the Tar Heels among his early favorites. He’ll actually release a formal top five schools list in the next couple of weeks and then make a verbal commitment this summer.

“I definitely like Tray Scott – he’s a great guy,” Goff said. “And then the coaches really seem to care about the players.”

UNC is one of 13 schools to have offered Goff. Air Force, Army, Boston College, Navy, Maryland, Temple, and Virginia Tech are a sampling of the other schools to have offered.

In addition to UNC, Goff says that Maryland, Navy, and Virginia Tech are sticking out.

“Some coaches don’t really care much about their players,” Goff said. “But the schools I’m interested in, they have a great relationship with their players.

“Naval Academy, it’s a great deal to be able to serve my country and also have fun playing football.

“With Virginia Tech, Bud Foster, that’s my recruiter [and] he loves tradition and loves his defense. I’m real attracted to the ‘lunch pail’ defense. That’s good stuff and I think that’s a tradition that I’d love to be a part of.”

For the reasons listed above, Navy has emerged as an early leader for Goff, whose brother plays rugby for Army.

Also during their NC trip, Goff and company dropped by Duke and Wake Forest. Goff has made solo visits to Boston College, Maryland, Navy, and Virginia Tech.

Visiting schools has been a struggle for Goff since his parents live in Framingham (Mass.) and he’s enrolled at a boarding school in Virginia. He does plan to make a couple of trips this summer, including returning to UNC for Fedora’s Freak Show.

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