Colin McGovern (Offensive Line 6'7" 292 pounds)McGovern told FOXSportsNEXT.com he chose Notre Dame for its academic prowess:
"For me, it was all about academics," he admitted. "Northwestern was up there for me too, but the combination of football and academics was too good to pass up. I also looked at Wisconsin as well, but Notre Dame was just the best place for me. Offensive line coach Harry Heistand was also a huge factor, because he's very tough and the type of guy you want to coach you to reach your best."
McGovern is FOXSportsNEXT.com's 9th-ranked offensive tackle prospect and the No. 4 among Notre Dame's five player offensive line haul for 2013.
Veterans returning on the Offensive Line: 5th-year seniors Zack Martin (LT) and Chris Watt (LG), redshirt-juniors Christian Lombard (RT), *Tate Nichols (RT) and Bruce Heggie (G), redshirt-sophomores Conor Hanratty (G), Nick Martin (C/T/G), and Matt Hegarty (C/T), redshirt-freshmen Ronnie Stanley (OT) and Mark Harrell ©
*Nichols career remains in question due to a recurring knee injury.
Berk on McGovern Will enter Notre Dame with a solid resume and has come a long way since his freshman year in high school where he doubted his abilities on the football field. Must put nagging injuries behind him to reach his full potential.
Dohn on McGovern: His body has to continue filling out and he needs to get better bend, but he is versatile and is a player with natural strength. McGovern could play guard or tackle, but given the Irish's class and neeeds, amove inside seems to be a better fit.
O'Malley's Initial SlottingAmong head coach Brian Kelly's 10 offensive line recruits, just one, 2012 OT Ronnie Stanley, saw playing time as a true freshman. Another from the 2013 class will likely join Stanley on that list, but it won't be McGovern.
The four-star prospect from New Lenox, Ill., told FOXSportsNEXT.com Ohio recruiting analyst Bill Greene he wasn't likely to hit the field Saturdays next fall, due in part to recovery from a knee injury that kept him from participating in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game.
"I'm involved in physical therapy right now, just trying to get my knee strengthened," said McGovern in early January. "I'm going to need to see a surgeon to see where things are, and it looks like I'm going to need to get it scoped."
"It's tough to say what might happen next year for me, to be honest," he added. "I know there will be a couple spots open, but I'm not expecting to play next year. I'm expecting to take a redshirt year and get stronger, in order to be ready to contribute my sophomore season."
Look for McGovern to begin his collegiate evaluation next August at either right guard or right tackle rather than the left tackle position he played in high school. Both positions rely heavily on the ability to move through gaps and lead the way for runners in the Irish ground game.
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