Holding Pattern

Jamison Goins

Jamison Goins continues to wait. And wait. And wait some more.

Schools are keeping him close, but he has yet to receive the scholarship offers he wants. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Goins would prefer to play his college ball in-state. Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss are all showing significant interest.

"I've always liked Ole Miss. I've always liked their team," Goins, of Gulfport High School in Gulfport, Miss., said.

"I want to stay in-state to go to school. Mississippi State, they got a big campus. I like them, too. They had a pretty good year. I used to not like Southern until I visited. They're just small. But they've got a good program. I like ‘em."

LSU, Arkansas, Arkansas State and Memphis are also giving Goins a look. But, again, the offers aren't there yet.

Jamison Goins
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He feels Ole Miss and Mississippi State are closest to extending an offer. Goins attended Ole Miss' elite camp June 4. He left the next day for Mississippi State, which was also holding its elite camp that weekend.

"I'm looking for playing time. You know, who's got the most people leaving, and I guess who needs me at the position the most," he said.

Goins -- rated a three-star recruit and the No. 30 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com -- is being recruited by Ole Miss defensive line coach Terry Price. The two have built a strong relationship.

Price is recruiting Goins for both defensive end and linebacker. Goins said he is willing to play either.

"He's been saying stuff like he wants me for linebacker and defensive end," Goins said. "He wants me to try different stuff. He's always making jokes and stuff. I mean, he's been coming at me like he wants me. I'm just going to see."

Goins has been invited to participate in a senior camp sponsored by Fellowship Sports in Atlanta, Ga., June 23-26. A number of top prospects and college scouts from across the South are expected in attendance.

"They said they invite the top 300 prospects, so I'm going to try and get into that one," he said of the camp. "They're supposed to have some big schools there from the South. I might have to catch that one."

Goins totaled 101 total tackles as a junior, including 10 tackles for loss and three sacks. At Ole Miss' elite camp, he ran a 5.35 40-yard dash and recorded a 25-inch vertical jump.

"Fill the hole, make plays. I see the ball and go get it," he said, when asked to provide a scouting report of his game. "I'm just going to attack. I'm very aggressive."

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