One of the most noticeable recruits on hand for Saturday's Junior Day at Arkansas was Keller (Texas) Central offensive tackle Simon Goines.
Not surprising since Goines (6-8, 281) was the biggest of the 2012 prospects on hand and was beside his 55-year-old dad Walt – who still looks like he could play linebacker as he did at Eastern Illinois when NFL coach Mike Shanahan was quarterbacking.
"It's a nice place and I am very impressed with Arkansas' offense," the younger Goines said. "It's got a nice pace and everything is so organized. The facilities are really nice compared to the other schools I have been to see. This stadium is a lot bigger than most of the others."
Goines was offered a scholarship by the Razorbacks later in the day.
"I every excited about it," Goines said Sunday night. "There is a great vibe around campus and this is a great little town. I think I could really enjoy playing my college football here."
Goines has now racked up nine offers with New Mexico recently joining nearby Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, Missouri, North Texas, Arkansas State and Florida International previously offering.
He is also drawing interest from schools such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Texas Tech and has now been to all of those campuses for junior days.
"If I was making out a list Arkansas and Baylor would be there at the top of it," Goines said.
While he would like to have a decision sooner than later, Goines is still waiting to see who offers and how he fits in at those schools.
"I would like to get it out of the way before I start my senior year, but it is really just going to be when I make up my mind that a place seems right."
There is a reason Goines, who is also a standout basketball player, is drawing such interest.
"I have good footwork and I play really nasty," Goines said. "I need to keep working on everything, but I get after it out there."
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