Jake Goins wanted to make a decision before his training camp at Manchester High (Midlothian, Va.) began, and he did that with a phone call late Tuesday night.
The 6-foot5-, 290-pound offensive lineman chose Virginia Tech over Virginia, according to Manchester High coach Tom Hall.
“It’s Virginia Tech,” Hall told VTInsider.com. “He made the call last night.”
Goins will be a three-year starter at Manchester, where he plays tackle. He will play either guard or tackle at Virginia Tech.
“He’s a prototypical Division I offensive lineman,” Hall said. “He’s a big kid, super aggressive, incredibly strong, great footwook. He’s a good leader on and off the field.”
Hall said Goins already possesses good strength, having his a max of 340 pounds in the bench press this summer. And while he expects Goins to red-shirt, he also thinks he will be a fixture on the Hokies’ offensive line.
“He’s probably going to be a three- 3 or four-year starter for them,” Hall said. “This will be his third year starting for us. He can play guard because he’s got great agility. He can play offensive tackle because he 6-5, 290 pouns and 17 years and room to grow.
“He bench 340 (pounds), power cleaned 315. He ran a 5.2 (seconds) 40. All those numbers are going to improve throughout the year. I think he’ll go in and compete. I think he’s going to be strong enough to go in and compete.”
Goins chose the Hokies over Virginia for a variety of reasons.
“He said it felt like home,” Hall said. “That was his exact words. He felt at home there. Academically, it fits him. Tech is the elite team in the ACC and always in the top 10 or 15 in the country. The stability of the staff, coach Beamer of his staff have been there for a long time, and because it felt right.”