How Many Schools In It For OL Goins?

How Many Schools In It For OL Goins?

Manchester High (Midlothian, Va.) offensive tackle Jake Goins visited Virginia Tech on Wednesday, and then told VTInsider.com how many schools remain in the chase, and where the Hokies stand. He also learned a bit more news about how he fits into the Hokies' plans, and shared his feelings about the visit.

Manchester High (Midlothian, Md.) offensive tackle Jake Goins will make his college decision in the next two weeks, and while he isn't tipping his hand on which way he will tip, the choices are few.

Goins told VTInsider.com Virginia and Virginia Tech, in no particular order, are his top two, with Maryland third.

"I'm pretty close. I want to make it before practice starts, and that is August 14," Goins said. "The main two are Virginia and Virginia Tech. Maryland is still in there. It's a good school, but I guess you could say Virginia and Virginia Tech are more of an option because it's in state."

Goins made comments after returning from an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech. He is visiting Virginia on Friday.

In checking out what the Hokies offer, Goins learned something new about his offer.

Because of Virginia Tech's scholarship crunch, original deal was for Goins to enter school in January 2012. However, during the visit he learned he could enter with the rest of the 2011, if he so chooses. "I thought it was pretty cool," Goins said. "It's nice to have the option, but it really didn't matter to me. It would depend on the advice I get from them, and it depends on where I'm at in May. "It would (depend) on where my body is, where my strength is and where they're weaknesses are. They've been really honest with me."

Another interesting tidbit was where the Hokies plan to play Goins. At 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, some schools told Goins he would play either center or guard, which is where Virginia would play him.

Goins told VTInsider.com earlier this month he would like to stay at tackle, and his position came up during discussions with the Virginia Tech coaches.

"They said I'm versatile and I could play all the positions," Goins said. "But they said the main thing they were looking at me as was an outside player."

The rest of the visit was filled with the usual tours and discussions about how Goins would fit into the depth chart. He also spoke at length with coach Frank Beamer.

"It was just adding to the information I had before, and just learning more what goes on there, looking at the depth chart and seeing what I can be coming in there," Goins said. "It was mostly to see the football facilities, but I did talk to coach Beamer, and (assistant) coach (Jim) Cavanaugh showed me around all day, showed me the football stuff.

"It was a good day. He showed me around the new locker rooms that are under construction. They're going to be really cool."

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