The search for a leader for California's football program began the moment former head coach Jeff Tedford was dismissed Tuesday morning. No such search will be necessary for the Golden Bears' 2013 recruiting class, however, as the leader there has been in place and established for some time.
Quarterback Jared Goff (Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic) has plenty to deal with on and off the field right now, as his team prepares for a semifinal playoff game and he focuses on finishing up his final semester of high school before enrolling at Cal in January. But his plate was filled again on Tuesday, as he stepped up again as the focal point of Cal's recruiting class. He said he was able to reach all 13 current Cal commits.
"I'm solid and I'm staying," Goff said. "I've been texting these guys as much as I could today, and I'll probably text them all again tomorrow. I'm going to do what I can to keep them all together. Me and [tight end] Ray [Hudson] have been talking and trying to keep everyone on board for the time being."
Goff, the nation's No. 269 player, said he was saddened and disappointed by the news of Tedford's firing, but he also understands the opportunity that could be there for the Golden Bears program.
"Aside from the disappointment in the situation with Coach Tedford, it is going to be exciting to have a new guy coming in," Goff said. "It's a very desirable position, to be the Cal coach, and they're going to bring in somebody who is really good and a big name. Everyone is pretty optimistic that it will be good for the program."
Goff still plans to enroll early at Cal, and the thought of decommitting never entered his mind. He said his path to Cal was set long ago.
"It's a great academic school, and that's one of the main reasons I committed there," Goff said. "They have a new stadium and new facilities. There is a lot of change going on there. Both of my parents went there, which doesn't have a lot to do with why I committed, but I've always been a Cal fan, and I've always wanted to play for the Bears. Everything fell into the right place for me. It was just the perfect place.
"I'm looking forward to seeing who they bring in."