Preseason Report: OL Jake Goins

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Jake Goins committed to Virginia Tech over Virginia just three weeks ago and he is pleased to no longer have to worry about recruiting.

“I’m glad it’s over,” he said. “I feel like I made the right decision.”

The 6-5, 285-pound right offensive tackle has turned his full attention towards Manchester’s (Midlothian, VA) 2010 season, which will be his last on the high school level.

“It has been quick,” Goins said of his high school career. “It’s kind of sad it’s almost over, but it’s also kind of exciting. I’ll miss these guys, but I’m sure I’ll find some more guys to hang with in college.”

Goins highlights a talented Manchester senior class, one that also features defensive end J.P. Pearson, running back Brandon Chiles, wide receiver Brandon Briggs, wide receiver Willie Pugh and wide receiver D.J. Holmes.

“We’re probably the closest group of seniors Manchester has seen,” Goins said. “We all like each other. We’re all fairly decent players. We know what we’re doing. Most of us have been playing together since elementary school and this will be our last year playing together.”

Manchester will take on defending Group AAA Division 6 state champion Thomas Dale on Friday, September 10, in the regular season opener. How far it goes this season may hinge on the production it gets from the quarterback spot.

“It all rests on our quarterback because he’s really good,” Goins said, referring to senior signal caller Terrell Hackney. “Last year he hadn’t quite blossomed yet, but so far this year he has shown he can be good. Hopefully he can show what he’s about.”

Goins calls J.P. Pearson, a potential Division 1 recruit, “fast and strong. He knows what he’s doing.”

It is a good thing that the Virginia Tech-bound senior does battle with the talented d-end every day in practice. It provides both players with excellent preparation for Friday nights in the fall.

“He’s really good,