MATTHEWS, N.C. --- Bypassing the wait for an SAT score, North Carolina offer Jovaughn Gwyn a scholarship on Tuesday.
Originally, Gunter Brewer, UNC's Queen City recruiter, told Charlotte (N.C.) Harding University High head coach Sam Greiner that the Heels would need to receive Gwyn's SAT score before deciding to offer. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound interior offensive lineman, who has a solid GPA, is scheduled to take the SAT for the first time on June 3.
"I'm not sure what changed," Gwyn said. "They talked it over with my coach; they were talking it over since last week, I think. They just wanted to know how I still felt. They pretty much offered me last week [through my coach], but they wanted to talk to me before I tweeted it out."
On Sunday, Gwyn's performance at the Charlotte Nike Opening Regional earned him an invitation to the Nike Opening Finals.
"It feels good to know that they think I'm one of the top people to invite down to [Nike's] headquarters," Gwyn said. "I think it will be a nice experience to go down there, have fun, and be taught by some O-line coaches. And, I'll get to see some of the different D-line talent over the nation."
It's reasonable to think that Gwyn's Opening invitation contributed to the expediting of the UNC offer.
"That used to be my childhood dream school," Gwyn said. "So, it means something with that. But, as with all my offers I have now -- UNC has been there [and] I have been going up there -- I'll have to see how it goes [and] if that could be a place for me or not."
Over a dozen schools have offered Gwyn a scholarship. In addition to UNC, that list includes Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, NC State, South Carolina, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.
The relative tardiness of the offer doesn't harm UNC's chances.
"I give every school a chance once they offer me," Gwyn said. "But, UNC, I thought they might have been my first. But, everybody does everything different and I understand that."
However, UNC currently sits outside Gwyn's top four schools list. He's favoring Duke, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.
"Those [four] are the schools showing me the most attention and I've been up to their campus more," Gwyn said. "And also [I like] their O-line coaches, they have experience and the type of people they are."
Gwyn last visited UNC for a March junior day. During his stay, he spoke briefly with Chris Kapilovic, the Heels' offensive line coach.
"He said they really like me," Gwyn said. "He said he knows I'm an interior guy, so I'll play center or guard with them -- most likely center. And he told me when I get this SAT to make sure I score as high as I can on it so that it levels out with my GPA."
Sometime in the near future, Gwyn plans to return to UNC with his usual entourage -- Griener and teammates Quavaris Crouch, Malik Dunlap, and Marcellous Harris. The group is scheduled to attend Fedora's Freak Show, but they could also find their way to Chapel Hill much sooner.
Gwyn also has return trips to Duke and NC State on his docket.
Gwyn will make a summer verbal commitment. How soon or how late in the summer will depend on how he feels and if additional schools offer.