Manchester (Midlothian, VA) offensive lineman prospect Jake Goins has added a new ACC offer and seems to be closing in on another. Maryland, Richmond, Virginia and Virginia Tech previously offered he 6-5, 285-pound junior.
“I got an offer from Duke and I think Clemson is close to offering,” said Goins, updating the latest on his recruiting front. “The Clemson coach is supposed to stop by our school this Friday. He said they probably would offer that day.”
Of the Duke offer, Goins said, “I don’t know a lot about Duke. I don’t know much about their coaches. I just don’t know a lot about them right now.”
Of Clemson, he said, “If I were to get an offer from Clemson, it would be pretty cool. I’d have to get down there and visit and check it out for myself.”
Goins has taken unofficial visits to Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He has had positive things to say about each school, but right now the Manchester standout is not letting on if there is a leader. Goins plans to take more visits once school is out with the hopes of making a commitment in late July or August.
“I haven’t really narrowed it down too much between any schools,” said Goins, who adds that Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech have all been represented twice at Manchester during the Evaluation Period. “Well, kind of sort of, but no major eliminations.”
Asked if he has a favorite between Virginia and Virginia Tech, Goins answered, “I don’t think so. I’m pretty neutral right now. I’m evaluating all my options.”
As has been reported before, Virginia Tech is offering Goins as a grey-shirt. Goins, though, continues to insist that enrolling in January of 2012 is not a negative.
“I don’t think it’s a factor,” Goins said. “I’d have time to develop more. It doesn’t really affect anything.”
The first-team all-Dominion district selection would like to commit before the start of his senior season because he is excited about the talented group returning to Manchester’s varsity football squad in 2010. The Lancers will open its 2010 season against 2009 Group AAA Division 6 state champion Thomas Dale.
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