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Virginia Tech’s offensive line recruiting woes continued this year when they lost out on both Kairo Holts and Landon Turner. However, on Tuesday night, the coaches managed to redeem themselves some by landing Jake Goins out of Manchester High School. Goins flew under the radar during his underclassmen years but after attending a Virginia Tech game and attending the Junior day in March, he received a Virginia Tech offer.
Goins is your classic diamond in the rough. He has the size to play either tackle or guard on the collegiate level but doesn’t yet have the strength or technique to do so. He’ll likely need a few years in the weight room before he’ll make the two deep but if he works hard enough he could see some playing time by his redshirt sophomore season.
Name: Jake Goins
Position: Offensive Line
Location: Midlothian, VA
School: Manchester High School
40 Time: 5.2
Offers: Virginia Tech, UVA, Clemson, Duke, Maryland, Richmond, JMU, and ODU,
Goins hasn’t received much love from the recruiting services but with offers from Clemson, UVA, Virginia Tech, Duke, and Maryland, you would have to believe that the kid has some talent. I wouldn’t be surprised if he earns a three star ranking on Rivals but fails to get above the two star status on ESPN and Scout.
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The one thing I love about Goins is that he has that mean streak some of our past offensive linemen have lacked. Yea he needs some technique work when he enrolls at Tech next July but he already has the physical tools needed to become a contributing player at an ACC level.
My biggest concern with Jake is he may end up becoming somewhat of a tweener between offensive tackle and offensive guard. The reason for this is I’m not sold on his lateral quickness, which is important when dealing with future first round NFL edge rushers at defensive end (we’ve have plenty of those in the ACC). Right now, I think the best course of action is to start him at tackle, see how he develops during his first year on campus then slide him inside to guard if needed.
Upshot For The Rest of the Class
With UNC going down the drain apparently, who knows what will happen with Holts and Turner. If either one decommits, hopefully the coaches give them a second look because Tech definitely needs a second linemen in this class. If not, let’s hope there is another Laurence Gibson that pops up at Hargrave or Fork Union this fall
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