Incoming Irish: Colin McGovern

Irish signee offensive lineman Colin McGovern of New Lenox (Ill.) Lincoln-Way West talks about the progress he's made in physical therapy, when he expects to be 100 percent, and how he'll fit into the Irish offense.

Offensive lineman Colin McGovern suffered a torn PCL and meniscus at the end of his senior season. However, that hasn't dimmed his excitement to officially become a student at Notre Dame.

"I love the atmosphere at Notre Dame," McGovern said. "It is such a great place to live. I can't wait to get up there and start workouts and take my first college classes."

McGovern attends physical therapy sessions three days a week and will do so up to the week he enrolls at Notre Dame.

"I still can't do any squatting or hang cleaning, stuff like that," McGovern said. "I do the leg press with physical therapy, which is going well but the process is taking a while. I do the upper body exercises in the packet two days a week. I do limited conditioning on the third day."

"The doctors first told me that I would be good to go sometime between the end of June and the beginning of August," McGovern said. "I plan on being 100 percent by the start of fall camp."

McGovern can play inside or outside on the line, but he expects he'll start out at guard.

"Coach Kelly hasn't told me specifically where I'm going to be playing yet," McGovern said. "He released a statement on signing day though that I would be playing guard. I'll play anywhere to help the team out."

McGovern said he's hoping he can get back to tip-top playing shape before he starts camp.

"I'm around 6-foot-6, 310-315 pounds right now," McGovern said. "I need to lose some of that weight down the road, but I have had to sit around a lot because of my injury."

"The motivation that I have will bring a lot to the table," McGovern said. "All I want is to do is win at Notre Dame and get to the next level. I know I will come back stronger than before my injury."

The game McGovern says he's eyeing the most in 2013 is Arizona State.

"I can't wait for the Arizona State game because it's going to be awesome playing at Dallas Cowboys Stadium," McGovern said. "Also, one of my best friends is a trainer on the team."

McGovern was ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 9 offensive tackle in the final 2013 rankings by Scout.com.

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