Goins Biding His Time

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Manchester (Midlothian, VA) offensive lineman Jake Goins claims he does not have a clear favorite. The 6-5, 280-pound junior, who continues to consider offers from Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech, is content to wait through the May Evaluation Period and into the summer before making a commitment.

“It varies,” Goins answered when asked if he had a favorite. “Some days I’m thinking about one thing and some days I’m thinking about something else. I don’t have a dominant favorite.”

Pressed about the two in-state offers, Goins, who has visited Virginia and Virginia Tech many times, said, “I like both schools. Both are welcoming and the players I talk to are cool about everything. The coaches are easy to talk to, too. It wasn’t like I went to one situation and didn’t feel the coaches wanted to talk to me.”

As mentioned above, the athletic offensive lineman is not close to a commitment at this point.

“I kind of want to wait until the summer to make any decisions,” he said. “I want to wait for the coaches to get down here to my school and see what happens.”

Manchester head coach Tom Hall has spoken with an assistant at the University of Tennessee, but Goins says he has yet to hear from the Volunteers. Maryland and Virginia have extended scholarship offers and Virginia Tech is offering Goins as a grey-shirt. Tech head coach Frank Beamer sat down with the Lancers standout in Blacksburg on Saturday to further discuss the offer.

“He was explaining the grey-shirt situation,” Goins said. “He said it wasn’t because they didn’t want me, but it’s about the amount of scholarships they had. He was explaining that they really wanted me.

“It’s good to hear that from the coach. I’m glad he said it.”

Saturday was Virginia Tech’s Spring Game. Goins, who last visited Tech for its February 27 Prospect Day, enjoyed the experience.

“It was a good atmosphere,” Goins said. “I met with the coaches and had lunch with other recruits. After I met Coach Beamer in his office, I went out on the field. A bunch of fans were there. Even though it was just the Spring Game, there were still thousands of fans there. I think they are going to be good this year. It was an all around good experience.”