New Lenox (IL) Lincoln-Way West OL Colin McGovern is one of the standouts among a loaded class of offensive linemen in the state of Illinois. The 6'6", 280-pound junior recently picked up a Michigan offer to go along with early offers from Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. McGovern, rated as a four-star tackle to 24/7, has the potential to play either guard or tackle at the collegiate level and displays some very impressive run-blocking ability in his junior film (above). I got the chance to talk to Colin over the weekend and here's the full transcript of the interview:
ACE: First of all, how is everything going with your recruitment, and who do you have offers from?
COLIN: It started off back in December, Northwestern was the first one to offer me. It was kind of slow [for a while]. After that, I was talking with Michigan a lot and it was just a lot of talking with schools, no offers. Then about two weeks ago Tennessee came in, Coach [Sam] Pittman, and he offered me, and from there it just picked up. That was two weeks ago, so within the last two weeks I picked up six more offers, and I got one today from Indiana—you probably haven't seen that yet because I haven't told anyone about it.
ACE: Of the schools that have been in contact with you so far, do you have any early favorites?
COLIN: I'm pretty much neutral on all the schools because I never really grew up a fan of a certain team. I just grew up watching all games. Going into the recruiting process I don't really have a favorite.
ACE: With Michigan, I know they just offered you. Who have you been in contact with the coaching staff and how did you learn about getting the offer?
COLIN: Coach Funk is the only coach that I've been talking with and I actually called him yesterday—he was the one that offered me.
ACE: What are your impressions of Michigan as a school and a program?
COLIN: Well I only caught one game this year and that was the Ohio State game. From what I saw it was a pretty great game—two great football teams going at it and Michigan came out on top. Just from after the game you saw, once they did beat Ohio State, you saw the celebration and all that kind of stuff; all the fans getting into it and all the tradition. Obviously they're the most winningest team in college football history, they have a great educational school—everything's great about Michigan.
ACE: How would you describe your game on the field? What are your main strengths and what are you trying to work on for your senior year and getting to the next level?
COLIN: For being so tall one of my strengths is being able to get and stay low through the whole block—I don't get too high. I need to work on maybe getting a little lower, finishing through the block, and maybe my explosiveness off the ball too.
ACE: The early returns on the offensive line class from the state of Illinois for 2013, there are some really good prospects coming out of there. Have you been in contact with any of the guys like Logan Tuley-Tillman, Ethan Pocic, Kyle Bosch, and Colin Goebel? Do you talk to those guys at all and is there any feeling among you guys of trying to go to the same school?
COLIN: I haven't really talked to them all that much. I have been doing Core 6—I did the Core 6 practice and showcase with Tillman, but I haven't really talked that much with him. Pocic I haven't really had a chance to talk to even though he was at the showcase. I'm really not even that acquainted with the guys, so I wouldn't really be able to say, with either of the two, whether we're out really for ourselves or trying to get together or whatever.
ACE: I was going to ask you about Core 6. What's it like being able to have all these high-caliber high school athletes all together in one place working out? How much does that help your development?
COLIN: Well, I've only been to one, like I said, and then the showcase. As of right now I don't think I'm going to be working with them just because I had prior commitments. I think I'm just going to keep on going with what I'm doing. When I did go to those two things, it was pretty cool having all those other, not only great football players, but recruits there too, because they're going through the same thing and you could relate to them. At the same time they helped me get better when you're practicing with them, too. It seems like a great thing.
ACE: So what are your plans in terms of training over the offseason? Do you have any plans for going to any camps or visiting any schools over the summer?
COLIN: I was planning on visiting a lot of places, I'm not exactly sure what the schedule for that is yet. In terms of workouts, I'm going to be working with [former Northwestern and NFL lineman] Matt Ulrich and Ron Potonic* and just doing my football team lifts during the week.
ACE: In terms of a timeline for your recruitment, do you know when you want to narrow things down and wrap it up?
COLIN: I've been thinking about that and I was planning on hopefully getting committed somewhere before next season starts, but if I don't have my school picked out I'm not going to rush such a big decision.
ACE: What are you looking for in a school when it comes down to decision time?
COLIN: The number one factor for me is the education. If a school doesn't have a good education that's going to be a major turnoff towards a school. It would be great to play in the NFL but honestly you always have to have that backup plan and I'm going to need a good degree. So, I'd say the educational standing of a school and then of course the football program, because if I'm going to go play football at a school I might as well be on a good football team. Those are pretty much it. If I had to pick a third, I'd say maybe playing time or conference, maybe, but they wouldn't be huge deciding factors.
ACE: Going away from football, what's one thing that you want people to know about you that goes outside of the football field?
COLIN: Actually, Allen Trieu from Scout.com just talked with my coach and he wrote an article about what my coach had to say about me. What he was saying is not only am I a hard worker on the field and off the field in the classroom and in the weight room, but he said the number one thing is that I've kept my head on straight and I've stayed humble throughout this whole process. I haven't let it go to my head.
*I believe this means he's training at Winning Edge Athletics in Chicago.
I put together a preview of in-state prospects for the class of 2013. The general feeling is that the top couple of guys (Shane Morris, Steve Elmer) are better than the past couple years, but the talent pool might not be as deep.
Colin McGovern, 2013 OT/ OG prospect from New Lenox, IL is reporting a Michigan offer from multiple sites.
His Scout profile is available here : http://michigan.scout.com/a.z?s=162&p=8&c=1&nid=5910485
Also found a quick video of him on YouTube:
Seems solid in the highlights.
Having seen the offers we've given out on the soon to be wiki, it is surprising to see so many offers outside of Michigan.
So far - I counted 4 in the 65 odd offers we've given out.
Shane Morris (MICH commit)
Steve Elmer (ND commit)
Is Michigan's talent pool shallow next year?
Also- is it just me who is bitter about Steve Elmer? We could sure have used his talent next year (which generally seems a weak year for OL in the country)
The bullet points (taken from the article):
- Logan had a great visit at Alabama. Michigan and Alabama are tied at the top as of right now.
- Logan is not making a decision anytime soon and will decide at whichever AA game he plays in next year. This is a change as he originally had planned on deciding by the end of March. He said he wants to give all the schools he is interested in a fair shot.
- His top five (based on the officials he said he'd take as of now): Michigan/Alabama and USC, Oregon and Florida State in no particular order. Note that Oregon and USC haven't offered Logan yet, but are certainly likely to. He plans on taking unofficials to both schools in the near future.
- He'll be in Ann Arbor this Friday and will be going to the hockey game vs. Miami (OH) with a couple of the coaches and will visit Iowa afterwards on Saturday.
- He's been hearing from Oklahoma lately as well and has 22 offers overall now.
For the full article - http://thisismichiganfootball.blogspot.com/2012/01/logan-tuley-tillman-update_31.html
I'm guessing people aren't too keen on hearing about more recruiting right now, but just in case you want to be reminded that Michigan's class is actually really good, I joined Jeff Junstrom of Black Shoe Diaries (Penn State) and Alex Gleitman of Eleven Warriors (Ohio State) for a recruiting podcast. We talk about the strengths of each team's 2012 class, how the classes should wrap up, and take a look ahead to some of the key prospects in the 2013 class. It's posted on BSD today, though it was recorded on Saturday, so a couple predictions are no longer relevant (I'm now quite proud of myself for abstaining from a Reeves prediction). Hope you enjoy, and keep an eye out for more of these in the future—despite our differences in loyalty, it was great talking to these guys, and we're looking to turn this into a regular deal.
Remember, if you are feeling depressed about this class—and you shouldn't—remind yourself that at least we aren't Penn State right now. You'll feel a lot better.