Scouting Report: Connor McGovern, OG, Penn State

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Larksville, PA | 6041 | 310 | 5.13E | 2020

McGovern played right out of the gate as a true freshman for Penn State and started in nine games at right guard. He is a smart player that isn’t a plus athlete but he has excellent balance and effectively turns defenders away from plays. McGovern is a gamer who really sees the field, does a nice job of mirroring pass rushers and had a heads up fumble recovery in the Rose Bowl. He gets into position and lines up trap blocks well with his understanding of the play’s development and also fights well with excellent hand placement to go along with nice choppy feet. He is not overpowering by any means but he is very quick out of his stance and wins with leverage and speed on interior blocks. McGovern can anchor down but he can still be moved off his spot and needs to add more thickness to his frame to maximize his potential. He profiles as a starting level guard at the pro level with some development but his understanding of the game and potential in a zone blocking scheme, makes him a priority interior linemen.

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2016: Appeared in 13 games with nine starts…Made his first collegiate start vs. Minnesota (10/1)…One of 18 first-time starters in 2016…One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016.

High School: Four-year letterman for head coach Jerry Gilsky at Lake-Lehman High School…Was a two-time team captain…Played with Nittany Lion running back Nick Eury at Lake-Lehman…Selected to the 2016 Army All-American Game…Named to Scout All-America team…Finalist for Pennsylvania Mr. Football…Earned Wyoming Valley Football Conference first team All-League honors in 2013, 2014 and 2015…Selected as the Wyoming Valley Football Conference Most Valuable Player as a senior…Earned first-team all-state honors as a senior…Played in the 2015 UNICO All-Star Game…Named to the 2015 WNEP Dream Team…Selected as team MVP in 2015…Helped the Black Knights to the Wyoming Valley Football Conference title in 2015 with a 10-2 record…Was also a member of the squad that won the Wyoming Valley Football Conference title and the District 2 Championship in 2013 with a 9-3 mark…Ranked as a four-start recruit by all four major recruiting services – ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports…Ranked as the No. 3 center in the country and No. 7 overall prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports…Rated as the fourth-best center in the country and the eight-best overall player in Pennsylvania by ESPN…Ranked as the top offensive guard in Pennsylvania and the No. 2 guard in the East by Scout…Rated No. 2 among centers in the country and No. 6 among overall prospects in Pennsylvania by Rivals…Also earned two letters each in basketball and track and field…Was an all-conference selection in basketball as a junior…Was District 2 shot put champion in 2015…Set school strength records in bench press, squat, deadlift and power clean…Part of National Honor Society in grades 7-12.

Personal: Full name is Connor James McGovern…Son of Maureen and Jim McGovern…Has two brothers, AJ and Tyler…Mother, Maureen, played basketball at King’s College…Father, Jim, played football at Colgate…Hobbies include weightlifting and Xbox…Majoring in agribusiness management…Born November 3, 1997 in Larksville, Pennsylvania.