Notes: Goins’ Decision Coming This Week?

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In this edition of “Notes,” Manchester (Midlothian, VA) star Jake Goins tells when he may commit, Manchester head coach Tom Hall dishes on Goins and other prospects on his 2010 squad, DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD) head coach Bill McGregor provides updates on some of his prospects, and more.


A full week has passed since offensive lineman Jake Goins took unofficial visits to Virginia Tech and UVa, which are the two finalists in this race. The 6-5, 285-pound rising senior will reveal his college choice very soon, though.

“This week,” Goins answered when asked when a decision will come. A decision could come as early as Wednesday.

A week away from his team’s first preseason practice, Goins seems anxious to get the recruiting process behind him in order to focus on his senior season. He said he is pretty sure of which school he will pick.

Goins, a first-team all-Dominion district selection at offensive tackle last season as a junior, is primed for a big senior season. He is entering his third season on the varsity level.

“Jake has grown up a lot this past year,” Coach Hall said. “One of my coaches was over recently and we were kind of laughing about it, the transformation Jake has made from his freshman year to now. He was always a big kid. At the end of his eighth grade year, I pulled him aside and told him that if he does everything I ask him to do then he will sign a scholarship somewhere. He listened.

“He has raised his play every year. I’m anxious to see this year. He has really improved.”

Coach Hall reflected further on Goins’ development over the course of the past several years.

“Like most kids, work ethic is something to be improved,” Hall said. “He needed to improve his footwork and get in the weight room. He has always busted his butt downfield. I really think that aspect caught the attention of coaches. They’d see him sprinting down the field and always run down to help the running back or receiver or whatever. He was always around the play.”

Hall’s 2009 squad finished with a 6-4 record, but a talented cast returns in 2010. Running back Brandon Chiles, wide receiver