Connor McGovern, ladies and gentlemen!
Home/HS: Lehman, PA (Lake Lehman High School)
Weight: 290 lbs.
Recruited By: Ricky Rahne and Herb Hand
Starz 'n Sheetz:
Stars: 4* Rivals, 24/7, Scout
Offer Sheet: Penn State (obvi), North Carolina, Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Pitt, Rutgers, Stanford, Syracuse, Virginia, West Virginia
You can't overstate how big a pick up McGovern is for #PSU. The top player in the country at a major position of need— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) March 21, 2015
HOSS ALERT. Penn State just locked up the No. 1 center in the class of 2016 in Pennsylvania's own Connor McGovern. The Lehman native has taken multiple visits to Happy Valley over the last few months -- according to 24/7, McGovern has taken unofficial visits to State College on Jan. 31 and March 7 of this year, and he's spending this weekend there as well. While he was always expected to come to Happy Valley, all 12 predictions on his Crystal Ball had him coming to Penn State, it became official tonight.
Rivals says McGovern is the top center in the country, the sixth-best player in Pennsylvania and the 166th-best prospect in America in the class of 2016. 24/7 isn't as high on him, but they still think he's a great prospect: No. 3 center, No. 8 Pennsylvanian and No. 218 player in America. He is the fifth member of Penn State's 2016 class, joining Shane Simmons, Miles Sanders, Lavert Hill and Jake Zembiec. McGovern is also the first recruit along the offensive line in this class.
Obviously any and all recruits along the offensive line are awesome, but according to Polak, McGovern is the most important target Penn State had in its 2016 class, as he fills arguably Penn State's most important position of need. He is a big-time prospect and someone who should be a monster along Penn State's offensive line. Of course, it's a bit tough to know what the unit will look like in 2018 (which is probably when he would get the chance to play, since James Franklin has been adamant about offensive linemen using their first two years to learn the position and get used to playing in college), but it's safe to assume that McGovern could get some run. The Nittany Lions have plenty of tackles and guards, but the team is lacking a natural center. It got that in McGovern.
McGovern is the Nittany Lions' second recruit from Pennsylvania in the class of 2016, joining the aforementioned Miles Sanders. Penn State is now the only school to have multiple recruits in the Pennsylvania top-10 of the 2016 recruiting class. I think it's a good time to post this:
You can follow McGovern on Twitter @Condor_McGovern. He doesn't tweet often, but I'm sure that once he gets going on there he's going to spit nothing but the hottest of barrelfire.
Welcome to Penn State, Connor!