Elijaah Goins arrived at Ohio State as a walk-on. After earning a scholarship prior to his senior season, Goins is now getting a chance to play in the NFL.
Goins is signing with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent, giving the former Buckeye special teamer a chance to prove he can continue to make an impact in that phase of the game in the NFL.
Goins never saw regular playing time on offense or defense at Ohio State, but did see playing time for the Buckeyes on special teams, and had an excellent showing at Ohio State's pro day, where he demonstrated his athleticism with a 4.41-second 40-yard dash and a 10-foot-10 broad jump.
Now, Goins will look to parlay that athleticism into sticking around on an NFL roster as a special teams player and cornerback. Goins was a wide receiver for his senior season at Ohio State, but only saw playing time on offense in one game and felt he had a better chance of succeeding on the defensive side of the ball in the NFL.
Having played defensive back earlier in his Ohio State career and now playing in the secondary once again, Goins will have the opportunity to be coached again by former Ohio State cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, who is now the Titans' secondary coach.
Goins is one of two defensive backs from Ohio State to sign with the Titans as undrafted free agents, along with Damon Webb.