Reviewing the Redshirts is an off-season series meant to resurrect discussion around the current Irish freshmen who did not play in 2013.
There were 13 this year who retained a year of eligibility and today we take a look at a guard coming off an injury and trying to find a role on the roster.
OG Colin McGovern
Hometown: New Lenox, Illinois
Height: 6-4 1/2
247Sports COMPOSITE RANKING:
4-star, No. 13 OT, No. 7 IL, No. 192 USA, 0.9188 score
Need at Position: Low
Expected Spot on the 2014 Depth Chart: Third String
Here's what I had to say about McGovern after last year's National Signing Day:
McGovern is the lowest rated offensive lineman in this class according to my rankings but there's no shame in the grade I'm giving out here. One of the big things that is brought up in his scouting reports, and is evident in his tape and pictures, is that he needs to get stronger. He's a really good prospect otherwise, but the other linemen in this class appear to be a little more mature in the physical department. Still, there's a lot of potential here, I just think he'll be a little bit behind schedule in relation to his classmates. I like his athleticism and footwork, now let's get him in Longo Beach and ready for action in a year or two.
Something that keeps sticking out to me is how young McGovern looks. Some of his recruiting photos throughout 2012-13 show an extremely fresh faced kid and even his freshman year photo makes him look very young. This isn't exactly a negative but it's interesting that he's probably a little immature physically and already a large lineman, even for Notre Dame standards. I bet pretty soon he's going to look a lot older and we're going to see a much different player on the field--one that's put his freshman shoulder injury behind him and greatly improved his strength.
However, I'm not sure that 313 pounds listed from last season is all good weight seeing as how he was dealing with an injury and not able to give 100% in the weight room. Unless he has incredibly heavy bones a more trim 305 pounds could be a better playing weight for a second year lineman.
It'll likely be very difficult for McGovern to break into the two deep this fall. There are 6 players with starting experience presumably ahead of him on the depth chart with 5 of them playing (or with the ability to play) on the interior. I'm not sure he has the versatility offered by Bivin or the size and strength combination offered by Montelus. If we're assuming those classmates are a little more physically developed I doubt McGovern is among the top four guards in 2014.
This might seem silly to say given that he was still a solid 4-star prospect but I think McGovern is the biggest project out of the past two offensive line hauls. No shame in that because the talent level is really high among those 9 players. With a little more time and development McGovern should be ready to make an impact.
Watch out for that more mature looking picture, though. A little more meat in his face, possibly some facial hair--then we'll see a more physically developed Irish offensive lineman.