A few years back, a lanky, tow-headed student-athlete from California signed up for NCSA looking to achieve his dream of playing sports in college. In his personal statement, he told prospective schools that he “will bring leadership, determination, and a desire to succeed at any school I go to.”
And succeed he did.
Fast forward to last night, when that same young man, Jared Goff, was selected with the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Jared Goff was on fire on the field and in the classroom.
Before hearing his name called first in Chicago, Goff enjoyed an illustrious college career at California. He was the first true freshman to start for the Bears and he helped resurrect their football program during his three years on campus. Under Goff, Cal transformed from a 1-11 doormat in the Pac-12 to an eight-win contender.
In addition to tallying wins, Goff lit the stat sheet on fire at Berkeley. He set 26 Cal records, including passing yards (12,220) and touchdown passes (96). As a senior, he threw for 4,714 yards and 43 touchdowns while completing 64.5-percent of his passes. Given these numbers, it’s easy to see why Goff has drawn comparisons to Bay Area legend Joe Montana.
As impressive as his play on the field, Goff excels in the classroom and is an active member in his community. He embodies all the best qualities of a student-athlete in all facets of life.
He clearly found a college that was the right fit for him academically, athletically and socially. “>That’s all that any student-athlete can hope for.
Goff, the No. 1 overall pick at the marquee position, grabbed most of the headlines, but two other former NCSA recruits were also drafted very high in the first round.
With the seventh pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected defensive end Deforest Buckner. The massive edge player has the physical tools to overwhelm opponents, but he wins with his effort and determination. It’s of no surprise that he said the following back in high school:
I work hard every day and in the game I never take a play off. I also put time in, on and off the field, lifting and running by myself. When I’m committed to something I NEVER quit.
Another big-nasty in the trenches, defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, was picked five spots after Buckner by the New Orleans Saints. Although Rankins lacks the size of Buckner, he has an electric first step and is a disruptive force between the tackles. Don’t be shocked if he ends up having a Warren Sapp-like impact from the interior.
Congratulations to Jared Goff, Deforest Buckner and Sheldon Rankins on their tremendous accomplishment! We at NCSA are honored to have been a part of their journey.
It’s incredible to see how far these tremendous athletes have all gone. You can started — just like they did — with a recruiting profile to connect with college coaches.