It is much too early to anoint a 16-year-old as the heir apparent to John Elway and Peyton Manning. But in the wake of Maine South's opening 48-22 victory over Schaumburg, it isn't off the wall to tout Charlie Goro as one of the most promising quarterback prospects we've seen in several years.
Goro is a 6-3, 185-pound junior who already is being compared to former Maine South stars John Schacke, Sean Price and Tyler Knight. Coach Dave Inserra said he has the potential to be better than all of them. Goro has the athleticism of Knight, the throwing ability of Price and the leadership of Schacke, Inserra said.
What was so impressive about Goro's performance against Schaumburg--he completed 17 of 23 passes for 208 yards, scored on runs of 30 and 1 yard and threw touchdown passes of 44 yards to Joey Orlando and 70 yards to Danny Benson--was his athleticism, running ability, mobility, poise and quickness. He wasn't sacked and he exhibited great poise.
Of course, critics remind that offensive coordinator Charlie Bliss' spread offense could make Humpty Dumpty look good. The quarterback has so many options with four receivers zigging and zagging in every direction that it is hard to imagine he can't find somebody open.
"I don't want to give him the Heisman Trophy yet," Bliss said. "The key is the limit for him. He will drive teams nuts by running the ball. He has the ability and potential to be the best quarterback we have ever had but he has a long way to go."
"My goals are high. I would like to be the best quarterback in the nation," Goro said. "Sure, there is some pressure on me. But my receivers (Benson caught 10 passes for 124 yards ) take so much pressure off me. With our offense, I don't have too many tough throws to make."