“Everything went very well,” McGovern said. “I really liked all the coaches and I liked the atmosphere. I really liked it – it was a great experience.”
The UNC offer commenced an avalanche of additional offers for McGovern, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder from Lehman (Pa.) Lake Lehman. He now also holds offers from Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, Penn State, and Pittsburgh.
Saturday’s visit inserted UNC within McGovern’s top three schools list, along with in-state programs Penn State and Pitt.
“I just really like those schools and I like the coaches there, too,” McGovern said.
One of the obvious differences between UNC and McGovern’s two other co-favorites is proximity to his home. He says that won’t harm the Tar Heels’ chances.
To get a complete feel for UNC, McGovern and his father stayed Saturday night in Chapel Hill. Additionally, they augmented the brief tour the staff provided by exploring the campus on their own.
“I liked the campus a lot,” McGovern said. “I liked how everything was right around each other – everything was a short walk away.”
Before the 12:30 kickoff of the UNC-Pitt game, McGovern met with Larry Fedora in his office.
“He asked what’s important to me and how I would fit into the school,” McGovern said. “And then we talked about North Carolina itself.
“I really liked him. He was like laid back and down to earth.”
Both before and after the game, McGovern spent a lot of time with Chris Kapilovic, UNC’s offensive line coach.
“He said they really like me,” McGovern said. “They really like my film and they really like me as a person. He said they would really like for me to come down again.”
McGovern plans to return to UNC after the football season for a basketball game.
Kapilovic sees McGovern as either a center or guard. He plays center for Lake Lehman.
“[Kapilovic] said he could see me working hard and seeing the field almost right away.”
The highlight of McGovern’s stay was UNC’s thrilling 40-35 victory.
“It was a very good game,” McGovern said. “I liked how they kept coming back and they won it at the end.
“I could see myself fitting in very well to the offensive line.”
Prior his UNC trip, McGovern had visited Boston College, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse. He plans to return to Penn State on Nov. 29 to see the Nittany Lions host Michigan State.
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