Upon learning the news that Virginia Tech had extended a scholarship offer, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, VA) rising senior Jeron Gouveia couldn’t believe it. When he told his family, they couldn’t believe it. But the news was true and Gouveia is part of Virginia Tech’s 2008 recruiting class.
“I didn’t want to get my hopes up. But when Coach [Mickey] Thompson told me about it, I couldn’t believe it,” Gouveia said. “He was smiling and he said it was true. That was pretty exciting.”
A lifelong fan of Virginia Tech, Gouveia didn’t delay before accepting the scholarship offer. He had also been offered by Stanford, but his favorite was clear.
“I’ve always been a Virginia Tech fan,” Gouveia said. “I always enjoyed watching them play. Growing up as a kid, I liked them. That was one big factor. I also have a lot of family ties there. My cousins go there and my sister is transferring there. I have a lot of friends who go and who will go there. Being able to play there and in front of family and friends is pretty cool.”
After playing freshman football, Gouveia was moved to the varsity level his sophomore year. In the second half of the second game, he was inserted as a starter at cornerback. The rest is history. He made some plays in that second half and, in the next game, became the starter at safety and has been the starter ever since.
An AP first-team all-state performer his junior season, the 6-2, 184-pound Gouveia made 76 “first hits”, intercepted four passes and forced three fumbles from the safety position. He is known for his football savvy, something he says “comes pretty natural.”
“My strengths are that I’m able to read plays a lot better than most kids,” Gouveia said. “From the safety spot, I can see plays develop. I’m always in the right position. I also like to hit, but my awareness and being able to react to plays definitely are my strengths.”
Heading into this off-season, Gouveia knew he needed to improve his speed in order to receive top 1A offers. He did just that, improving his 40-yard dash time significantly. This spring, he ran a laser-timed 4.62 time in the 40.
Gouveia is being recruited initially as a safety, but he is versatile enough to be able to play...
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