Season recap: L.A. Goree
When asked if one particular play made by Maryland linebacker recruit L.A. Goree stood out among the rest this fall, C.H. Flowers coach Mike Mayo drew a blank.
It wasn’t for lack of options to choose from, Mayo said. It was just difficult to isolate one moment in a season full of big games.
“He’s pretty steady in every game,” Mayo said. “He’s the one kid I didn’t have to worry about. You can always count on him making plays. He showed up every game. Even in games we lost, he would still be outstanding at that spot. A lot of teams ran away from him. They were well aware of him. They would go the other way, or they’d try him and he’d shut it down.”
Goree, a two-year starter at outside linebacker for the Jaguars, recorded 90 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries (one of which he returned for a touchdown) as a senior. Offensively, Goree caught six passes for 140 yards and two scores. Flowers went 10-2 with a runner-up finish in the Maryland 4A South region.
Goree, a second-team All-Met selection by The Washington Post, really came on as a player midway through his junior season, according to Mayo. That’s when the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder started displaying the traits that led to Maryland offering a scholarship.
“[Goree’s best attributes are his] speed, his mobility, he’s pretty smart and his toughness,” Mayo said. “Being able to rush the passer as well as drop into coverage [are also strengths]. ... He’s very athletic and has good hands. He’s a playmaker.”
Mayo said it might take a little time, but eventually Goree will make an impact for the Terps.
“I just hope it works out for [Goree and Maryland],” Mayo said. “I think he could go in there and help them a lot. I know they were losing quite a few linebackers. How soon that will come, I don’t know. He may sit for a year or two and develop, I don’t know. But I know if he stays there and does what he’s supposed to do, he’ll be a player for them.”