OL Connor McGovern 6'4" 285 5.1 Fargo (ND) Shanley (***)
McGovern impressed the Missouri coaching staff when he attended the Missouri team camps over the last two summers.
"Here's a guy that we think is just an exceptional prospect," said Coach Pinkel, talking about McGovern.
McGovern was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of North Dakota as a senior, as he led coach Steve Laqua's team to consecutive state championships in his final two seasons. McGovern was named 1st-Team All State on offense as a senior, and won the same honors on defense during his junior season. He totaled 89 tackles, including 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles on defense as a senior, while notching 49 stops and 3 sacks as a junior.
McGovern, who plays basketball, and has also wrestled, reports a 28" vertical jump, and personal bests of 335 pound bench press, 515 pound squat, and 320 pounds in the power clean.
Connor and his parents, Keith and Rondi McGovern, have family members from both sides of their family who live in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas, and Connor has an uncle who attended the MU School of Law.
McGovern lists weightlifting, snowboarding, riding dirt bikes, and wake surfing, as hobbies. He's a very good student, and plans to major in agricultural economics at Missouri.
McGovern's looking forward to his arrival at Missouri in June.
"I'm excited to be coming to Missouri," said McGovern. "I'm really very excited! I'm ready to get started."
"(Connor McGovern) is a great kid, and is a good student," said Coach Bruce Walker, who was McGovern's primary recruiter. "He's a real athletic guy, in the mold of a Tim Barnes. He'll get a chance to play at the center position, or maybe one of the guard positions. He played both ways at his high school, as a two-time state champion. He's just an outstanding young man, and I think he'll be a great asset to our program."
JP's Take – Connor is an exciting prospect who could be one of the real sleepers of the class. He is a very athletic lineman that has really good feet, is quick and runs very well. He pulls well, pass protects well and can run blocks equally as well. Connor makes good use of his hands and extends his arms. He is aggressive and plays mean at times. I like his ability on the defensive line he has shown in high school,too. He is smart and know the game of football well and that combined with his skills make him a prospect that could be in the thick of the offensive line mix in a year or two along the interior of the line. With the Tigers in need of a center for the future he could insert himself into playing time early perhaps at that position.
Greg's Take - McGovern is a talented, and versatile, line prospect with the potential to play almost anywhere in the trenches. He played in a balanced offense, and is considered to be a strong run blocker coming into college. He's very athletic, and is also very physical. He said that Missouri "most likely wants me to play center." He'll certainly be given a serious look at lining up over the ball.
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