Juelz Goff put together an excellent junior season at Central York, but if the first game of his senior season is any indication, Goff is going to break all kinds of records.
Goff — a three-star Pitt running back commit in the class of 2024 — carried Central York High to a 45-35 win over Central Dauphin High Friday night, racking 279 rushing yards, 20 receiving yards and six touchdowns in the dominating performance.
It was a clinic Friday night as Goff showcased his lateral cuts and breakaway speed, toying with the Central Dauphin defense all night long on just 27 carries. That’s good for just over 10 yards a carry.
Annnnnd Juelz Goff answers right back. The Pitt commit’s fifth touchdown of the game gives Central York a 38-28 lead over CD on a 62-yard score with 7:23 left. Just hit another gear.
Goff: 26 rushes, 224 yards, 5 TDs (and four catches for 20 yards) pic.twitter.com/PsBYsGJ1Ei
— Dan Sostek (@dan_sostek) August 26, 2023
Goff put together a stellar 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, but he set an offseason goal to achieve greater consistency on and off the field.
Through the first game of his senior season, it’s safe to say Goff’s offseason work is apparent.
At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, with the ability to cut on a dime and reach that second gear when he hit the second level of the defense, Goff looks like a future star. He grew up in Central Pennsylvania, watching LeSean McCoy every Sunday, and his play Friday didn’t look out of place on a McCoy highlight tape.
“(LeSean McCoy was) definitely one of my favorite backs growing up,” Goff told PSN when he committed. “Like, the shifty ability, the side-to-side quickness, the lateral movement, it’s just stuff you look up to growing up.”
Goff committed to Pitt after his Junior Day visit in January, locking in very early in his recruiting process, and he made his official visit to Pittsburgh over the week of June 8. And it was just another chance to lock in with the coaching staff and further his bond with the program.
“Obviously, I’m committed to Pitt, so my main focus was to comfort some of the other guys and inform them about what I’ve experienced,” Goff said after his official visit in June. “Also, just talk to them about some of the coaches that they haven’t met yet or might be new to.
“So, yeah, this was a very comfortable weekend for me. I was also getting myself comfortable with the Pitt system and understanding some of the Pitt coaches since I had the chance to be around them for consecutive days. I thought that was a very good experience for me.”
Goff is just kicking off his senior season, but if he’s able to continue the blazing start to his senior season, he’ll wind up as a much more highly-rated recruit in Pitt’s class of 2024, already one of Pitt’s higher-rated commits.
Goff forms a very, very strong duo with four-star running back Yasin Willis, with both currently committed to Pitt, and it bodes very well for the future of Pitt’s running backs room.