Goins With Two Visits Before Decision

Goins With Two Visits Before Decision

Before offensive lineman Jake Goins selects a college, he wants to make two more unofficial visits. And those should be wrapped up in the next week. But the Manchester High (Midlothian, Va.) star has three schools as his finalists -- Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland -- so where is he visiting? Goins spoke to VTInsider.com to let the word out, and also explained what he wants in a school

Manchester High (Midlothian, Va.) offensive tackle Jake Goins feels time is getting close before he makes his college decision, but before he does so there are two places he will check out, and several things he wants to sort out.

When Goins visits Virginia later this week, and heads for Virginia Tech on what is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday but could change, he will have an acute eye and ear tuned to everything.

Maryland is also among his three finalists, but he is heading to the two Virginia schools with a specific mindset.

"Team Chemistry and a good relationship with the coaches," Goins said he would look at. "I want to see if they're strictly coaches, or if you're friends with them, too.

"It's pretty close (to a decision) because I've been talking to these coaches for a while. I've been looking at what position I would play if I went to this school, that school."

Among the other things the 6-foot-4 ¾, 280 pound Goins is looking at is what position he could play, and how academics fit into the program.

"I'd like to play tackle. I'm hoping I'll grow again when it's all said and done," said Goins, 17, who shifted his attention off the field. "Like my mom always tells me, you can't play football forever. She wants me to get a good degree. Those three schools all have pretty good academics. I want to major in business."

Goins, who also holds offers from Clemson, Duke and Richmond, but his focus is on the three aforementioned schools, and he knows each one of them well.

"I like the location of Maryland," Goins said. "It's pretty cool, right by (Washington) D.C., and there's always stuff going on. They've always been kind of well known for their linemen, and (offensive line coach Tom Brattan) seems like a very good coach."

Although Cavaliers coach Mike London came from Richmond, and Goins goes to school in a suburb of the city, the two didn't meet until London was named Virginia's coach after the 2009 season.

"They're really a good linemen school as well," Goins said. "They've got the new coaching staff, which is the biggest thing. Coach London is going to do good things there, I think.

"I like (the campus), but it's a little older than most. But everything is really close together, so it wouldn't be that far of an adventure from one class to another."

Goins also has a good feeling about Virginia Tech, and its fan base. He attended a game against North Carolina State last season and came away very impressed.

"Virginia Tech is the most modern of the three schools, which is really cool," Goins said. "Their football stadium is amazing. It went to a game last year, and it's probably one of the loudest places I've ever been to."

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