Berk's Breakdown: Colin McGovern

We continue our detailed reviews of each member of Notre Dame's 2013 recruiting class with a trip to New Lenox, Illinois for a look at Colin McGovern.


HT – WT – SPEED: Listed at 6-foot-7, 292-pounds, Colin McGovern has the size you love to see and could play four out of the five positions along the offensive line. While the need for top end speed is not a needed requirement for an offensive lineman, several clips we reviewed showed his ability to get down field to second and even third tier defenders.

QUICKNESS – AGILITY - BALANCE: On film McGovern shows quick feet and the ability to move laterally while keeping his balance. These are major traits you want to see from players along the offensive line in a spread attack/zone blocking scheme.

STRENGTH: We see good physical strength early in McGovern and with his ability to recoil in both the upper and lower bodies, he'll become more explosive in the years to come.

BODY FLEXIBILITY: McGovern bends extremely well for a player of his physical size and does a great job of adjusting his body from a football positioning standpoint.


When looking at McGovern on film you see a lot of things to like as he's a solid run blocker who does a great job of getting off the line rolling his hips and driving his feet through a defender. While he finishes his block at the high school level, he'll need to play lower at the next level.

We really like his balance and quickness in executing a down block and shows the ability to pull to a predetermined hole and lead block downfield.

A more polished run blocker, McGovern does a solid job in his pass drops in getting proper positioning against a defender moving towards him. His hands are quick and he shows the ability to get separation while keeping his hands inside the defender. However, we would like to see more hand pop to utilize his physical strength. This is a technique flaw that can be worked on and perfected.


Overall McGovern is a solid piece to the future success Notre Dame will see on the offensive side of the ball. Because of his length he projects as a tackle. However, on film we don't get a true sense of his ability to kick step and feel this will be an area he'll need to work on if he's to line up on the edge.

No matter how you look at it, McGovern is one of the top prep offensive linemen in the country and teamed with the other members of the class gives the Irish some great pieces to work with in the years to come.

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