Multiple outlets are reporting that massive offensive tackle Simon Goines out of Central (Keller, Texas) High has verbally committed to UCLA.
Goines – who is listed at 6-foot-8, 295 pounds – is rated as the No. 37 offensive tackle recruit by Scout.com, No. 56 by Rivals.com and No. 55 by ESPN.com. Recruiting analysts I’ve spoken to about Goines say that his potential is off the charts if he can grow a little more comfortable in his body. He has room to put on both weight and strength, but given UCLA’s depth at the position going forward – of which I’ll preview later today – there’s reason to think he could see major time pretty quickly.
Goines’s flip from Missouri was in the works late in the recruiting process as Adrian Klemm went after him pretty hard. Goines has offers from schools such as Arkansas, SMU, West Virginia and Kansas State. Here’s a brief video of his, but watch the three straight blocks starting at the :29 second mark. Nasty.