Manchester Star Updates Recruiting

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Manchester (Midlothian, VA) offensive lineman Jake Goins is not in any rush to make a college decision, though a commitment still seems likely to come this summer. The first-team all-Dominion district selection took time to update his recruitment and discuss when a decision could come.

“Probably by the end of the summer or the beginning of the season. Around that time,” the 6-5, 285-pound rising senior replied when asked when he wanted to commit.

Goins is considering offers from Duke, Maryland, Richmond, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He had an offer from Clemson but says the Tigers scored several offensive line commits and no longer have room. At this point, three schools are being considered the most.

“Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland,” said Goins, who did not name a clear favorite. He plans on visiting all three again before committing, but no dates have been set.

If it were not for the arrival of head coach Mike London, UVa likely wouldn’t be in serious contention.

“If they didn’t have the new staff, I probably would’ve decided for Tech or Maryland already,” Goins said.

“The last coach was okay, but he wasn’t what Virginia was needing. Mike London fits that profile. He did a good job at Richmond and I’m sure he’ll do the same at Virginia.”

The coaches are a big plus as far as Virginia is concerned. Goins discussed what he likes about Tech and Maryland. The Tech offer remains a grey-shirt offer, but the central Virginia standout continues to insist that this is not a factor.

“Maryland has a good location,” Goins said. “The coaches are really good. Coach Bratton is really cool and the players up there seem to like the coaches. I thought I got along with the players really good.

“Virginia Tech has a great coaching staff, too. My recruiter, Coach Cav, is good. I like Coach Newsome, too. All the players talk about him real highly. All the teams have pretty good line coaches, which is what I’m looking for really.”

Goins likes all three ACC programs and is looking for that gut feeling.

“I’ll know it when it happens,” Goins said. “They are all pretty good schools.”

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