The Opening: Colin McGovern

The Notre Dame offensive tackle commit from Lincoln Way (Ill.) West discusses his Opening experience, why he chose the Irish and more.

Part of a strong 2013 class on the offensive line and in general for Notre Dame, Colin McGovern was one of several Irish commitments at The Opening on Oregon. As one of the many done with his recruitment there, he got to enjoy the experience without the stress of the process hanging over him.

"It's great to have that family and not having to talk to all these coaches and all that sort of stuff, it's definitely relaxing."

McGovern held his own against some of the best defensive linemen in the country, but he admits it wasn't easy.

"It was tough, but it's a great experience. I get to see how college is going to be and how hard you have to compete."

A high school tackle, McGovern worked at guard during his time in Oregon, and he believes that is where he is going to start out his Irish career.

"They haven't really told me anything, but I went to camp and Coach Hiestand had me more at interior like guard instead of tackle. I don't know which side, but most likely when I get there, it's going to be guard."

Since his commitment, McGovern, who had offers from across the country, says he has not had schools continue to recruit him.

"They've all really respected my decision. I called most of the coaches, told them I committed to Notre Dame and I'm cutting off my recruiting right here and pretty much all of them have respected that."

A big reason for that decision was head coach Brian Kelly, who McGovern says is much different from his public persona.

"He's great. He's a great guy. I always tell people this, because people are always coming up to me and giving me stuff about him being a yeller, but he's not what the media and TV portrays him as. He's definitely a great guy."


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