Goins Talks Visits, Impending Decision

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Manchester (Midlothian, VA) offensive lineman Jake Goins did indeed visit Virginia Tech and Virginia this week. All that remains now is for the 6-5, 285-pound rising senior standout to make a commitment. Goins, a first-team all-Dominion district selection last season as a junior, is considering a final three of Maryland, UVa and Tech.

“Those three schools are the final ones. I guess I’m looking more in-state, but Maryland is not gone. It is still in there,” Goins said.

Asked if one school is emerging, Goins answered, “I feel like I am leaning one way a bit. I’ll probably decide sooner than later.”

The Virginia Tech visit

Accompanied by his mother and grandfather, Goins headed to Blacksburg on Wednesday.

“It was really cool,” Goins said. “I got to see some stuff I didn’t see last time. It was a good visit. I got to see the new locker room under construction. It looks pretty sweet.”

Not only did Goins experience new things, but he also learned something new about his standing with the Hokies. Originally offered a grey-shirt opportunity (meaning he’d enroll at Tech in January of 2012), the Lancers star now would have the opportunity to enroll during the summer of 2011 if he so chooses.

“It’s my choice now, either way,” Goins said.

“It’s good knowing it would be my decision, but it doesn’t bother me at all either way. It’s good to know that they really wanted me to have this decision.”

Goins gave his take on head coach Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech coaching staff.

“Coach Beamer’s a great coach. He has been there a long time,” Goins said. “It’s hard to keep a job for that long on the college level. He has a great coaching staff, too. They are friendly. They love it up there at Tech and they don’t want to leave.”

The Virginia visit

Goins, his mother and his grandfather spent Friday in Charlottesville.

“It was really cool,” Goins said. “I liked it a lot. I went around the campus and liked it. We checked out some of the Lawn and looked at stuff downtown. I talked to Coach London and he talked about what he is expecting for this team and why he is turning this team around. He talked