Govan Goes Hard

Little Rock's Rogeric Govan (6-5, 255) may not be a well-known prospect inside his own state, but the Episcopal Collegiate prep defensive end already has three scholarship offers, is on the University of Arkansas' recruiting radar and has plans to attend Razorback football camp on June 10-13.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Episcopal Collegiate two-sport standout Rogeric Govan's first passion was basketball, but both he and college coaches know the Little Rock native's future rests in football.

That's because there are not many high school defensive ends in the Arkansas prep ranks like Govan (6-5, 255), who showed off his size, quickness and agility at this weekend's AAU 17-and-under state hoops tournament.

"I love basketball, but the last couple of years everybody has been telling me football is where you future is at," Govan said. "I will say that I have more ups and downs in basketball where in football I am pretty steady across the board."

Despite a junior season in which he had over 100 tackles and set a new school record with 15 sacks, the young man whose full name is the unique Rogeric Jamaal Govan has not gotten as much publicity as some other players in Arkansas.

He didn't even play football in his freshman and sophomore years as he and his mom Angela thought basketball was his future, but showed he could do it quite well as a junior.

He did so well enough that he has already gotten scholarship offers from SMU (where he will attend camp this summer), UCA and UAPB and is now getting interest from the Razorbacks, whose football camp he is planning to attend on June 10-13.

"Since I already have a couple of offers for football and know that is going to be my future, I am looking at basketball as just a way to stay in shape and improve my footwork," Govan said.

He would love to get an offer from Arkansas and has some quality people around him inspiring him like former Razorback lineman Orson Weems.

"I was born in Little Rock and have always lived here and thought about going to Arkansas," Govan said. "I didn't know if I would be good enough to make it up there, but people have given me some motivational words and now I am seeing if I can make it to a D-I school."

Govan led his team to a fourth-place finish at this weekend's event and the automatic berth to the national tournament in Orlando in late July that goes with that.

Although blessed with finesse, he also exhibited a physical power game that showed off his football mentality as well.

"Although I play on the offensive line, too, I think I will be a defensive end in college because that is what I love to do," Govan said. "I'll play offense if that's what the team needs me to do, but I would rather play defensive end and be able to hit people."

Govan says he thinks he has an advantage against most foes he goes up against while lined up at defensive end.

"Most people my size if they are stronger than me, they are still not as fast as me," Govan said. "To me, it's a thinking game. I will find a way to manuver around you and get to the quarterback and I think that is my strength."

How fast is he?

"I've never actually been timed in the 40-yard dash," Govan said.

Episcopal Collegiate was 5-7 last season in football, but made the state tournament in basketball.

"I think we will be much better in football this year and basketball, where we only had six people that played all the time," Govan said. "I think it is going to be a good year all around for my teams and myself."

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