About three months ago Jovan McConico wasn’t sure what he was going to do after his senior year of playing football at Garfield High School (Seattle, WA). The 2018 class member knew he had one more year of high school left, but then after that 6-0, 185-pound cornerback wasn’t sure what was next on his life agenda. That all changed in a moment when he received an unexpected surprise.
“It was very exciting for me to get that first offer from BYU,” said McConico. “I had no idea it was coming. I was offered about three months ago. When I got the offer from Coach Gilford it really changed my life. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but then BYU came along and everything changed. I didn’t think I would ever be recruited and if I did it would probably come my senior year. Now I have a direction and a focus.”
It’s easy to understand why Jovan McConico was targeted by BYU’s coaching staff. He’s a versatile athlete who plays on both sides of the ball. On defense, which is where BYU cornerbacks coach Jernaro Gilford is looking at him to play, McConico is a ball-hawk.
“I started off on offense and played running back and wide receiver,” said McConico. “Then I started using my talents on defense and play cornerback and safety. I started to excel at the cornerback position and that’s where I started to make my mark. Last season I had six interceptions and four pick-sixes. If that ball comes my way I’m going to take it. When the ball is in the air I feel it’s just as much mine as it is the wide receivers.”
“Then I got [an offer] recently from Montana State,” McConico said. “So, now I have two offers and that’s exciting to me.”
The offer from BYU came via McConico’s coaches, who were told an offer was being extended. It wasn’t long before Coach Gilford was able to speak with McConico by phone.
“It was through my seven-on-seven coach that I learned that I was offered,” said McConico. “Coach Gilford is the one that offered me. We talk and I think he’s a great guy and a good coach. We talk about me playing cornerback and possibly moving to safety. He talked to me about how nice BYU is and how great the education is and things like that.”
Coach Gilford began the process of informing the Seattle native of the standards, academic requirements, and overall general information BYU entails. He hopes to take an unofficial visit to Provo to check BYU out in person.
“I know BYU is a Mormon school,” said McConico. “I also know that BYU is a great academic school and they’re very serious about their sports out there. I want to take an unofficial visit out there but I don’t know when. I want to see if the school fits me and what the environment is like. I want to see if the environment fits me or not. That’s important to me.”