Manchester (Midlothian, VA) offensive tackle Jake Goins boasts official offers from three ACC schools, including Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The 6-5, 280-pound junior has visited all three schools this year, but is there a favorite in this race?
“I’m still weighing my options,” said Goins, who does hope to make a commitment before the start of his senior season.
Goins next plans to visit Virginia Tech for its Spring Game on April 24. On the visit, “I’m hoping to see what’s going on and watch what the players are doing and what the team looks like,” Goins said.
The first-team all-Dominion district selection’s two most recent visits were to Maryland and UVa. Both went well.
“I went up [to Maryland] and it was pretty cool,” Goins said. “I liked it. A bunch of people were there. It was their first day in pads, so everybody was ready. A couple of fights broke out. Practice was intense, but the players get along. They were against each other on the field, but at lunch they were cool. And the coaches seem to know what they are doing there. The location is pretty cool, too.
“I went to Virginia last Wednesday. It was cool. I liked it. I sat in on a couple of meetings and watched a couple of coaches in action. Coach London knows what he’s doing. It was cool seeing him getting in gear and see what he’s doing there. He’s there to win. He seems pretty certain that he’s going to win. It’s a better atmosphere there than last year.”
An important factor to Goins is going to a school known for putting offensive linemen in the NFL. Despite Virginia having a new coaching staff, the Manchester product is impressed with UVa’s offensive line tradition.
“The offensive line coach played in the NFL. They have former players in the NFL. They seem like a pretty good NFL producing school, but I am excited to go to Tech for the Spring Game. Maryland is a good school also,” Goins said.
Virginia Tech’s offer is as a grey-shirt. Goins still does not consider this a big factor in his decision.
“I’d probably be red-shirted anywhere I go anyway. If anything, this would give me extra time at Virginia Tech if I were to go there,” Goins said.