Notes: Commitment Updates

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Goins Considers Options

Manchester (Midlothian, VA) offensive lineman Jake Goins remains undecided as to when he will enroll at Virginia Tech. At the Virginia game, he received some advice from a 2010 class prospect that faced the same decision.

“I was talking to [Caleb Farris], who had the same option last year,” Goins said. Farris will enroll next month. “He liked it a lot because he had more time to lift and be ready and still have five years left. He said he thought [grey-shirting] was better. The coaches have told me to get stronger. Really, it’s a strength thing. I’ll talk to them again as the summer gets closer and see what they feel I should do.

“I’m cool with either one. Whichever one can help me get in there and play the fastest.”

The 6-5, 285-pound senior only attended the one regular season game in 2010, but he certainly enjoyed the experience.

“The atmosphere’s great,” Goins said. “Game day is awesome. The fans are awesome. Everything is awesome about it. It’s one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever been to. I loved it. Sitting there, it just feels electric. The team seems to have good chemistry. It looks like a great place to play.”

With Manchester’s season over — the Lancers finished 2010 with a 7-3 overall record — Goins is in preparation mode for Virginia Tech, though he does have one more high school football game to play.

“I’m working with a specialist around here to get stronger. And then I have an all-star game in December. The Chesapeake Bowl. I’ll be playing guard in that, actually. They filled up at tackle,” said Goins, who started at right tackle each of the past two seasons. He has the versatility to play inside or outside at Virginia Tech.

Catching Up With Dewayne Alford

Should Goins choose to enroll in January of 2012, he’ll do so along side Dinwiddie (VA) tight end prospect Chris Hall and Nansemond River (Suffolk, VA) defensive end prospect Dewayne Alford. The latter, a 6-2 1/2, 220-pound senior, earned a grey-shirt offer after performing well at camp this past