Kenneth Goins, a 2012 running back and linebacker prospect from the Gilman School in Baltimore (MD), has been through a lot over the last 10 days.
On November 19, he helped his school achieve a first as it was crowned the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champions after a double-overtime win against Calvert Hall (Towson, MD). As if that wasn't enough, he committed to the University of Maryland on Monday.
" (Running backs coach Andre Powell) Came to my school today and that's when I told him I want to commit," Goins said. "Then he came to my house tonight to speak with my parents.
"It was very exciting because I never saw myself in this position."
Goins was leaning solely between Syracuse and Tulane before Maryland stepped in late with an offer on November 9. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound prospect will get to play tailback first upon arriving in College Park although he will be in consideration to play defense and special teams as well.
No matter where he ends up, the versatile three-star athlete is thankful that all of the timing worked out.
"It's been a great few weeks," Goins said. "We won the championship and the offer came in, it was the icing on the cake.
"I've been waiting so long and I felt like I deserved it."
Goins has been waiting; for a while. After ‘Cuse and Tulane kept weekly tabs on him, both schools have left him in the dark of late. He still plans to visit each school, though the interest in both has fallen considerably.
"I haven't talked to those schools in a while," he said. "Probably two months."
So when the opportunity to play for the Terps next season arose, Goins took full advantage.
"It was like perfect timing, "he added. "(My parents) Wanted me to go to the school that best fits me and plus it's close to home."
Goins plan to work on his speed while running both indoor and outdoor track in the spring.