In college football, there is no offseason for the coaching staff. The schedule only shows games being played between September and January, but the workload only increases in the weeks and months after a champion is crowned. Recruiting, specifically at a school that relies on recruiting nationally like Tennessee, seemingly requires coaches to be in multiple places at once.
For the Vols, one of those places happened to be Lincoln-Way West high school in New Lenox, IL, where 2013 OT prospect Colin McGovern looms large both literally and figuratively. The 6'7'' 280-pounder received an impromptu visit from Tennessee's new offensive line coach Sam Pittman last week, and added his third scholarship offer when Pittman informed the talented junior that Tennessee was ready to pull the trigger (joining Northwestern and the University of Illinois.)
"Coach Pittman came into school -- I think it was Wednesday I wanna say -- but he came into school, and I didn't expect him to come in at all," McGovern said in an interview with KnoxVegasVols.com on Monday afternoon.
McGovern was taken aback by the offer, having had no prior contact with Pittman before the surprise visit and the offer. Since the offer last week, McGovern has been reading up on what Tennessee brings to the table.
"I haven't had the chance to look into the educational aspect of it that much, but I know a lot about the stadium and the football program more-so than courses and all that stuff. It all sounds like good stuff," McGovern said.
One of the largest obstacles in recruiting a player like McGovern would seem to be distance, with New Lenox nearly a nine-hour drive from Knoxville, but McGovern says he doesn't anticipate it being too much of a factor. Specifically if flight prices are reasonable.
Education, on the other hand, is going to play a large role in where McGovern makes his decision to play collegiate football.
"To me, education comes first and foremost," McGovern stated. "A school with a good program in what I'm gonna study -- and I'm not sure what I'm gonna be studying yet, but once I look into that a little bit more it will make my decision a little bit easier."
After sorting out the academic side of things, McGovern then figures to factor in each school's football program, and possibly conference affiliation too.
"I can't see conference playing a huge role, but if it came -- like I know the SEC is amazing -- so if it came down to it and I had to pick between two schools, I'm sure conference (strength) would be somewhere around third (in importance)," McGovern said.
The offensive tackle hopes to come to a decision before the start of his senior season, but McGovern also doesn't have any plans of rushing into a decision either. He also stated that he plans on heading down to Knoxville to check out the campus in the near future.
As the Vols close in on National Signing Day for the Class of 2012, they have also already made a strong push on prospects in the Class of 2013, which includes McGovern. Last weekend Tennessee added two commitments from in-state players when Lenoir City wide receiver Camion Patrick and Memphis defensive end Jason Carr both verballed to the Volunteers, and Tennessee hopes to continue this momentum with McGovern and several other big-time athletes in the Class of 2013.