UNC in Dead Heat for McGovern

During Connor McGovern’s three-day return visit to North Carolina over the weekend, UNC assistant coach Chris Kapilovic delivered a strong pitch to the four-star offensive lineman.

“He basically said I’m their No. 1 guy and they basically want me,” McGovern said. “That’s pretty impressive and surprising [to hear that].”

McGovern, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder from Lehman (Pa.) Lake Lehman, has reciprocated that interest.

“Right now, I have a top three of Penn State, North Carolina, and Michigan State,” McGovern said. “Penn State and North Carolina are tied right now [for the lead]. I haven’t gotten a chance to see Michigan State yet, so it’s in third place right now. But I really like both [PSU’s and UNC’s] campuses and both coaching staffs equally.”

If his leader board remains unchanged, McGovern will be faced with the classic recruiting question: in-state or out-of-state?

“It doesn’t really matter to me if I go out-of-state – it doesn’t really affect me,” McGovern said. “Plus, eight hours south, it’s going to be warmer down there. That helps, too.”

That very question was posed to McGovern during one of his two sitdown meetings with Larry Fedora.

“He just asked me if I’d be able to handle all the pressure from the Penn State fans if I did decide to come to North Carolina,” McGovern said.

“[Fedora] is really down-to-earth. I really liked him.”

McGovern would prefer to make a verbal commitment soon, but says he’ll likely wait until at least a couple of weeks into the Spring Evaluation Period so that he has a complete picture of his collegiate options.

A dozen schools have offered McGovern. UNC started that parade when it offered last October – a gratuity that hasn’t been lost on McGovern.

McGovern had previously visited UNC last November for the Tar Heels’ thrilling 40-35 victory over Pittsburgh.

“Last time, we only saw the game – we really didn’t see anything else,” McGovern said. “So this time we got to see everything else – the dorms, all the academic stuff, and the tutoring stuff.

“I really liked it. I liked everything down there.”

As a way to fulfill his interest in pursuing a sports management major, a 45-minute meeting with a professor in that department was set up for McGovern during his stay.

Additionally, Kapilovic arranged for McGovern to meet Roy Williams on Friday.

“That was awesome,” McGovern said. “He told us he was going to do something special [for Saturday’s game], but he didn’t tell us what.”

It didn’t take long for Williams to unveil that “something special” – UNC’s first possession of Saturday’s basketball game to be exact. Williams held up four fingers and his team spread the court to run the Four Corners offense in honor of Dean Smith.

“That was crazy,” McGovern said. “I really liked everything about the basketball game.”

After the game, McGovern – along with the junior day attendees – went through the normal junior day activities – exploring UNC’s football facilities.

“I was impressed, because they’re going to renovate [and make it] triple the size,” McGovern said.

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