Junior offensive lineman Colin McGovern (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln Way West) made his first college visit this weekend as he traveled east to check out Ohio State.
With it being his first visit, McGovern didn’t know what to expect. However, the experience at Ohio Stadium blew him away.
“It was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip,” McGovern said. “They treated me real well. Even though they lost, it was very exciting.
“I’d be real interested if they gave me an offer.”
The atmosphere at The Horseshoe left McGovern most impressed.
“It was pretty exciting being on the field,” said McGovern, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound left tackle. “It was so loud and shocking, it’s almost like you can’t even explain it.”
At no point was it louder than following Ohio State’s goal line stand late in the third quarter to keep it a one-score game.
“That was insane,” McGovern said. “I couldn’t hear the person next to me. It was deafening.”
McGovern didn’t have much of an opportunity to talk with the coaching staff, but he did get to exchange pleasantries with linebackers coach Mike Vrabel.
The visit began taking shape only a short while ago. Last Monday, McGovern heard from Ohio State for the first time and sent the Buckeyes staff his junior film. The staff was impressed enough to offer McGovern an invite to the game just a few days later.
If Ohio State did not offer an invite to McGovern, he likely would have stayed local and checked out Northwestern, which invited him for its game.
Next weekend, McGovern will go back east to visit West Virginia for the Backyard Brawl against rival Pittsburgh on Nov. 25.
“Through Facebook I talk to [assistant] coach [Bill] Bendenbaugh,” said McGovern, who has been in contact with the Mountaineers staff for the last few months. “Sometimes he’ll send me a motivational quote, but it’s mostly just seeing how I’m doing.”
Boston College is the latest to contact McGovern, who called assistant coach Mike Siravo on Friday. McGovern said the call was “very brief” as Siravo had just watched McGovern’s film and wanted to see if he had any interest in Boston College.
McGovern just finished up his first season as the starting left tackle for Lincoln Way West and is happy with how his season went.
“I think I did really good,” he said. “I definitely did better than I thought I would do as a junior. I had a countless amount of pancakes.”