June 29, 2010

Virginia OL is focused on three schools

Despite the news of Kiaro Holts heading elsewhere, Virginia Tech continues to be in the mix for other line prospects. One of them appears to be focusing on three schools at this time including the Hokies.

"Clemson just got back to me and they filled their tackle roster," Midlothian (Va.) Manchester offensive tackle Jake Goins said. "They got about three or four commits in one weekend and the offer is gone now."

Goins still holds five offers from Duke, Maryland, Richmond, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

"I was probably going to take a couple more visits," he said. "There is something going on at Virginia Tech on July 10th I may go to. I've got to get in touch with somebody about that. I may visit Virginia sometime soon too."

The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder claims to be focused on a handful of schools right now.

"I'm probably looking at Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech," he stated. "Virginia is up there because most of all the new coaches. Their offensive line coach has been in the NFL and he's got some connections. Plus, a degree from Virginia allows you to have a great job even if I don't go to the NFL.

"Maryland's location is pretty good. It's sweet. It's right next to Baltimore's stadium and the Nationals and the hockey team are there. Everything is there. That is a line school too with Coach Bratten, who's a good line coach. I like the atmosphere up there too.

"I like Virginia Tech cause it's so big and modern. It's really cool when I went last time. Their fans are pretty outrageous and the actual game I went to was the loudest I ever heard at a game before. Their line coach, Coach Newsome is really good. Coach Beamer and Cavanaugh are good coaches too that I keep in touch with."

Despite the greyshirt offer still being on the table from the Hokies, Goins maintains it's not a big concern.

"That doesn't bother me that much because it's kind of like being redshirted," he said. "I'm probably going to redshirt anyway. I know most freshmen linemen don't play."

While Goins is looking hard at the three regional schools, he isn't ruling out Richmond or Duke.

"These are the schools I'm focused on because they are very good schools, Division I level and they have kept in touch with me on a weekly or daily basis. They are all showing they want me."

Meanwhile, is there a timeframe on a choice?

"I'm probably going to get it over with right before the season or early in the season."

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