Manchester (Midlothian, VA) offensive lineman Jake Goins received an offer from Virginia Tech last Thursday, less than a week after attending Virginia Tech’s junior day. On Saturday, he attended the University of Virginia’s junior day event. The 6-5, 280-pound junior discusses his latest offer and his latest visit.
Goins enjoyed his time in Blacksburg on February 27, saying last week, “I like Tech a lot. It is probably one of my favorites. It is a great school with great fans. I can tell the coaches care about the players, which is really cool. I still have to check out things with Virginia with the new coaching staff, but I like Tech a lot. I’m sure UVa will be cool, too.”
Of the Virginia Tech offer, he said, “I was excited to find out and glad to get it out of the way.”
For now, Virginia Tech is offering Goins a grey-shirt opportunity, meaning he would sign with the 2011 class but enroll in January of 2012. He seems open to the idea.
“I’m not sure if it’s really a factor,” Goins said. “It would give me extra time to develop. I’m not sure what would happen when I got there, but it would give others time to graduate, too. It’s not really a factor.”
Goins seems high on Virginia Tech, but he was impressed by his time in Charlottesville as well.
“I liked it,” said Goins, who received an official offer from Virginia last month. UVa and Tech are the only two offers at this point. “I learned about the facilities and academics. It looks like coach London is looking to turn the team around. I think he has a good plan.
“I’m excited about the new coaching staff. They seem like they know what they’re doing. Coach London and the staff he brought from Richmond won a national championship. They know what to do and what to strive for.”
Comfort level with the players is one of Goins’ main factors in picking his future school.
“I want to go to the place where I fit in with my teammates and have good chemistry with my teammates,” Goins said. “I got a feel for players at both places. They are all cool guys.”
Goins, who also has interest from Boston College, Clemson and Maryland, did not name a favorite school but admits that Virginia and Virginia Tech are “both good schools.”
So what’s next on the recruiting trail?
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