A recurring series where we will profile every player on Maryland's roster, counting down to kick-off against William & Mary on September 1. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile a transfer student.
Isaac Goins, Junior, Cornerback, #17
Major: Letters and Sciences (intends to major in business management)
Twitter: Maybe @igoins18? There have been no tweets from that account, but it's the closest we found.
Collegiate Stats: Ten interceptions over two seasons
High School Stats: N/A
Recruiting Ratings: Two stars by Rivals, Scout and 24/7
High School: El Cerrito (Contra Costa College)
Hometown: Hercules, Ca.
High School Highlights:
These are his highlights from last year at CCC:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Goins started out as a wide receiver and defensive back at El Cerrito, earning first team all-league honors in 2009 at both positions and first team All-East Bay honors as a wide out after his senior campaign. He then ended up at Contra Costa College, where he was named first team all-conference and first team academic all-conference last season. As a freshman, he started every game, putting together 36 tackles with four interceptions and eight pass breakups, and followed that up with a six-interception sophomore season before heading to Maryland. Goins was offered by Idaho, New Mexico, and San Jose State, and received interest from Arizona State, Arkansas and Houston, among others.
Goins was recruited by wide receivers coach Lee Hull, and enrolled this spring.
Earning all-conference and academic all-conference honors last year/
Goins holds off the incoming freshman and walk-on Perry to secure a spot in the corner rotation as the fourth or fifth guy.
Makinton Dorleant makes a full recovery, one of the freshmen play well, and Goins is relegated to William & Mary and special teams play.
As Maryland's depth chart currently stands, Isaac Goins is the direct back-up to Dexter McDougle at one of the corner positions. That's a little misleading - Avery Graham is also listed as a back-up, and he's leaving the program, and when Dorleant recovers from injury he'll likely see time on the field. There are quite a few talented freshmen coming in as well, who are all looking to break into what is a very depleted Maryland cornerback set.
Goins' highlight tape is very impressive - but it's hard to really tell anything because of the competition he was playing against. He does have a significant leg-up over Dorleant and the group of freshmen - he's been healthy and enrolled at Maryland, so Goins has been playing during spring ball for the Terps.
As it stands now, Goins is in a very good position on the depth chart. He has a chance to prove himself and make it stay that way, but the smart money says he won't be McDougle's primary back-up come fall.
Our next player has an older brother who plays at Virginia Tech.