When center Connor McGovern committed to Penn State last March, he said he had two targets in mind to join him as offensive linemen in the Class of 2016: four-star tackles Michael Menet and Will Fries.
McGovern must be a good salesman because the center from Lake-Lehman (Lehman, Pa.) saw the Nittany Lions gain commitments from Menet from Reading, Pa., in May and Fries from Cranford, N.J., in June.
Maybe McGovern will continue his recruiting prowess in San Antonio, where he will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. McGovern officially received his jersey Monday when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to Lopez.
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By the way, Menet — the top-ranked player in Pennsylvania — will be playing in the Under Armour All-America Game the week before in Florida.
McGovern is ranked as the No. 3 center in the nation and, at 6-5, 295, he was coveted by a number of programs. Most colleges end up taking high school guards and moving them to center, but the Nittany Lions will have a natural and experienced center with tremendous athletic ability.
That ability will be on display on NBC in San Antonio on Jan. 9. And maybe he’ll be able to convince a few other top prospects to come to Happy Valley.