First Posted: 12/30/2014
Connor McGovern was already well into basketball season when he received the latest – and biggest – reward for his strong junior football season at Lake-Lehman.
A devastating blocker from his center position, McGovern learned last week that he had been named as a first-team, all-state offensive lineman on the Pennsylvania Football Writers’ Class AA team.
“It was a very good way to wrap it up,” McGovern said. “I was so excited. I was speechless.”
McGovern drew attention from way beyond just the state of Pennsylvania and its sports writers for his play during his second season as a starting center and defensive tackle for the Black Knights.
After contributing to a division and district championship team as a sophomore, McGovern grew and caught the attention of national college recruiters while leading the Black Knights back to the District 2 playoffs.
McGovern already has nine scholarship offers from major schools and has narrowed down his options to Michigan State, North Carolina and Penn State. He would like to make the choice by the end of the school year.
“I just want to play football and have fun my senior year and not have to worry about that at all,” McGovern said.
Much has changed since McGovern moved into the Lake-Lehman starting lineup as a 6-foot-2, 235-pound sophomore.
“I grew a lot and I got a lot more attention,” McGovern said.
Now, a 6-4 ½, 280-pounder, McGovern made a circuit of summer camps, including stops at Penn State and Syracuse during the summer, improving his status as a potential college player.
Although he made 88 tackles and four sacks on defense for Lake-Lehman, McGovern is being recruited for the play he showed in the offensive line throughout the fall.
“They look at me as a center or guard because I can move out and get to the outside,” said McGovern, who has good quickness for his size.
That mobility remains evident on the basketball court when McGovern also starts at center for the Black Knights.
During the holiday Patrick McGrane Tournament, McGovern led Lake-Lehman in scoring in both games with 15 points in a loss to Hanover Area and 16 in a win over Pittston Area. Those performances came despite somewhat limited time working on the sport over the course of the year.
Football recruiters can see more of McGovern’s footwork on the basketball court, but he never stops working on what has become his number-one sport.
“Basically my whole offseason goes into football,” McGovern said. “Even in basketball season, I’m still working on football.”
McGovern can be found in the weight room most days and does offensive line drills with some teammates each Sunday. The extra work resulted in the recent all-state recognition and has him on the verge of securing his future as a college player.