In this day and age, tight ends in nearly every offense are asked to be much more than a sixth lineman. That's one reason why Craig McGovern is so high on many schools recruiting boards.
The 6-foot-5, 238-pound tight end from Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School runs the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds and has the ability to pick up plenty of yardage after the catch. Five schools stick out as leaders.
"My favorites are Michigan State, Northwestern, Nebraska, Ohio State and Maryland," he said. "I like the coaching staffs at each school. With Nebraska and Ohio State you have great tradition. Northwestern is just a great school. Maryland isn't far from home and I like their offense, and Michigan State's new offense too."
In addition to his five favorites, McGovern lists Boston College, Purdue and Southern Cal as schools of interest.
McGovern has offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue among others. He was a busy young man this summer.
"I camped at Northwestern, Nebraska, Iowa, Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State," he said. "I also visited Maryland. The best trips were to Michigan State, Northwestern, Nebraska and Ohio State. I liked all their coaches and their campuses were nice. I was impressed at the tradition and history of some of these places."
McGovern plans on making his decision during his senior season. As a junior tight end he caught 35 passes for 735 yards and a touchdown. He had 54 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two interceptions and broke up seven passes on defense.