Juelz Goff had talked to his parents about possibly committing to Pitt, but he wasn’t 100% sure. He needed to make it out and actually see the campus for himself first.
He wasn’t able to leave Pitt’s campus without committing once he actually got there.
Goff — 2024 running back from Central York High in York, Pennsylvania — committed to Pitt during his Junior Day visit Saturday, deciding he couldn’t leave Oakland without joining the Pitt family first.
“I’ve been talking to the coaches for a while, specifically coach Powell, coach Borbely and coach Narduzzi, just building a bond,” Goff told PSN. “They’ve been telling me how much they like me, it was a mutual ‘I like them as much as they like me.’
“Just getting a feel for how everything was going throughout the visit, I liked everything, such as the schemes, the rest of the staff that I got to meet yesterday, the crowd at the basketball game, the environment and just being there. I see all the alumni come back like Aaron Donald, LeSean McCoy, guys that have been there, and they come back as alumni, that just shows the type of program they have.”
Goff committed to Pitt, after officially receiving an offer on Dec. 5, over offers from Boston College, Duke, James Madison, Rutgers and Old Dominion. He’s the second Pitt commit from Central Pennsylvania in as many years, joining Kenny Johnson, but he also will eventually be joining a position group that was once led by one of his idols.
He’s honored to even be mentioned in the same breath as a player like LeSean McCoy.
“(McCoy was) definitely one of my favorite backs growing up,” Goff said. “Like, the shifty ability, the side-to-side quickness, the lateral movement, it’s just stuff you look up to growing up.”
McCoy’s game, the game of an all-time great Pitt running back and future NFL Hall of Famer, is an inspiration for Goff. It’s an honor to have a Pitt future to look forward to now, but he’s still focused on his Central York career right now.
So, while he put together an excellent junior season at Central York, running for 1,611 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and 31 touchdowns and adding 335 yards (14 yards per reception) through the air, his focus is consistency. In the gym, on the field, on the track and in life.
“I feel like their scheme fits me, so I feel like I can come in and just get to learn a new playbook, learn how everything works such as being outside of school, weightlifting programs and just getting used to the college lifestyle outside of the football aspect.”
Football comes naturally, Goff said, so arriving at Pitt will be about adjusting to a new environment away from home in York. But he’s found a new home away from home.
“The best part (of the visit) was just being in that environment and feeling you were welcomed to a family. … I don’t see myself anywhere else. Like I said on my Twitter, 1,000%. I’m locked in.”
There’s still a little under a year until Goff is able to put pen to paper and sign with the program, and with the insanity that is college football recruiting, everyone’s a skeptic. But Goff has a message for Pitt fans.
“They should be prepared for a new wave coming in,” Goff said. “I’m just excited to be there and looking forward to bringing a show for every last one of the fans.”