Jared Goff had a slight idea that he might be offered by Cal during his junior day visit but when it happened it was still a surprise to the Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic pro-style quarterback who had a big junior season.
The Golden Bears immediately move to the top of the list for Goff, who threw for 3,220 yards with 44 touchdowns and four interceptions as a junior. Goff's father played baseball at Cal which is another factor as things move forward.
"It was a big surprise, I have to admit that, since it was my first one," Goff said.
"I kind of had an inkling that it might happen because they told me before junior day we want you to meet with coach (Jeff) Tedford a half-hour before it starts. I thought they might offer but I still didn't think it was going to happen. I was really honored they did that and it means a lot.
"They're definitely toward the top of my list. I really enjoyed the campus and the facility, I've been there a million times, but the new facility I hadn't seen yet and they were really impressive."
Tedford apparently told Goff, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect who helped lead Marin Catholic to 13 wins this past season, that he wants to see him back in the spring and summer. Goff said he's all for it.
"He wants to see me back during the spring and the summer so that should be fun," Goff said.
"Right now I just want to wait it out. It's really exciting right now. I just want to see where this goes and maybe get a few more offers. I really do like Cal and they're toward the top of my list."
A lot more interest is coming in all the time for Goff, who said he's been hearing a lot from Stanford, USC, Washington State, Washington, Boise State, Boston College, Miami and Oregon State.