“Active, athletic and aggressive” is how Manchester (Midlothian, VA) head coach Tom Hall describes 6-5, 280-pound offensive lineman Jake Goins . The Lancers lineman, a second-team all-Dominion district selection at offensive tackle as a sophomore and first-team all-district pick as a junior this past season, cites determination as something that separates him from other prospects.
“I’m just out there to win the game,” Goins said. “I like playing every game like it’s my last because you never know with football. I might as well go all out.”
Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech have expressed interest, but so far the University of Virginia is the only program to extend an official scholarship offer.
“It was awesome,” Goins said of receiving his first offer, which came last week. “I totally wasn’t expecting it. Virginia is a good school. I was kind of hoping to get some more offers from other places, too.”
Virginia Tech is one of those places. He has enjoyed previous trips to Blacksburg and will return tomorrow for a Tech junior day.
“Tech seems like a pretty cool school,” Goins said. “I’m excited for the Tech visit. I went to a football game and it was awesome. I’m anxious to see if the fans are equally as exciting for the basketball game. I’m looking forward to meeting the coaches. I’ve already met the offensive linemen coach a couple of times.”
Goins plans to attend Virginia’s junior day on March 6 as well. He attended three UVa home games last fall, but now there is a new coaching staff in place.
“I feel like they will be up and coming with Mike London,” Goins said. “He is a great coach, seeing what he did at Richmond.”
Comparing the in-state ACC programs, Goins said, “Tech’s atmosphere is pretty awesome, but Virginia is a pretty good school.”
Might a college commitment come sooner rather than later?
“I’m not really sure,” Goins answered. “If I get something I really want and feel like it’s the right thing, I might.”
Although he will be a 3-year starter at offensive tackle at Manchester,...
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