Jake Goins will spend his college days in Blacksburg. The 6-5, 285-pound offensive lineman committed to Frank Beamer and company on Tuesday, giving the Hokies and in-state recruiting victory over the University of Virginia. Goins, a rising senior out of Manchester High School (Midlothian, VA), was also offered by Clemson, Duke, Maryland and Richmond.
“It was tough, but in the end I felt like I would be better off at Virginia Tech,” said Goins, who visited both in-state rivals in late July before coming to this decision. “Virginia has a great future ahead with Coach London, but Virginia Tech is the place for me. I feel like I fit in better at Virginia Tech. The coaches are great. They have been going to bowls for so many years, and that must mean they are doing something right.
Goins added, “Coach Newsome is a good coach. He is really close to his players. The players speak highly of him, too. He told me that he is a coach on the field, but off of it he is always going to be there for his players. The players I talked to backed that up. And Coach Beamer is a really experienced coach. He wants to win a national championship with in-state guys and I believe he can do it.”
Virginia Tech’s home atmosphere is appealing as well to the talented prospect, who is rated the #20 overall prospect in the state in TechSideline.com’s Preseason Top 40.
“I’m excited to be part of that,” Goins said. “I can’t wait until the day comes when I’ll get to run out there in front of 60,000 fans.”
Virginia Tech initially offered Goins as a grey-shirt, meaning he would sign in February of 2011 but enroll at Virginia Tech in January of 2012. He was informed last month, though, that he now has the choice of regular enrollment (summer of 2011) or the delayed route. The fact that Tech offered the choice did not play a big role in this decision, Goins says.
“It wasn’t that much of a factor, but it gave me a push,” he said. “It’s a good option to have. If I feel like I can help the team, either in a playing role or on the scout team or whatever, and I feel like I’m ready, I can go in regular enrollment. But if I don’t feel I’m ready, I’ll grey-shirt.”
Entering his third year as a starter on the varsity level, Goins starts at offensive tackle for head coach Tom Hall but could move inside to guard at Virginia Tech. Coach Hall is pleased with the way Goins, a first-team all-Dominion district selection...
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