CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Jovaughn Gwyn is a strong candidate to earn a North Carolina offer in camp this summer. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound interior offensive lineman from Harding University High already holds three ACC scholarship offers.
"Everybody looks at him and says, 'How much does he weight? 250? 260?' and I'm like, 'No, he's 290 -- he's just solid as a rock'" Harding head coach Sam Greiner said. "He broad jumps over 9 feet. He's the strongest guy on the team. He played running back in middle school, [so he is] super athletic [and] explosive. And he's intelligent.
"And he's one of the nicest guys off the field, but on the field I don't know what happens to him. There's a switch and he becomes the most nastiness, ruthless guy. He wants to finish you off. And that's what you want for an interior lineman."
Gwyn began his prep career crosstown at Berry Academy. Last summer, he transferred to Harding.
"We made the mistake of putting him at left tackle, because he has never lost a one-on-one," Greiner said. "He went to [North] Carolina, Clemson, South Carolina, and Wake Forest and never lost a one-on-one ever; and that's a defensive [favored] drill.
"But we moved him to guard and oh my God -- we started scoring 50 points a game, because wherever we ran the football, we could manipulate him to block."
"Once he put me at guard, that's really when I started to do better," Gwyn said. "Because I was able to pull and he was able to use me more on lead blocking for our running backs."
According to Greiner, Gwyn averaged five pancakes a game at guard. Concurrently, Harding's offense rushed for 2,386 yards and 32 touchdowns in a dozen games.
Gwyn has picked up Power 5 scholarship offers from Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest. Meanwhile, ACC mates Clemson, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech have expressed significant interest. According to Gwyn, UNC wants to get him back to camp this summer to evaluate his ability to play center.
"They want to see how I snap and block," said Gwyn, who camped at UNC last summer.
In the meantime, Gunter Brewer, who recruits the Queen City for UNC, has been working to get Gwyn back on campus this spring. Gwyn was invited to the Tar Heels' first junior day in late January, but couldn't make it because of a wrestling tournament. He now plans to attend its junior day in late March.
During the football season, Gwyn visited UNC for its win over Pittsburgh.
"They had a good crowd," Gwyn said. "There's a lot more culture up there, so you see a lot more people who are about Carolina."
The only school Gwyn has visited thus far this spring is NC State.
"NC State offered me first, and that meant a lot," Gwyn said. "And then when I went down there, I really liked it. So they're sticking out a lot."
Gwyn grew up a UNC fan... Gwyn's brother, Will Smith, played offensive line for three seasons at Wake Forest, before finishing his college career at Liberty... Outside of football, Gwyn is a standout wrestler and competes in the shot put and discus... Gwyn wants to pursue a major in mechanical or electrical engineering.