There’s little argument that Harding University (N.C.) 4-star offensive lineman Jovaughn Gwyn’s future has long been as an interior lineman. But until a few weeks ago, it looked certain that future would be at guard.
At Nike’s The Opening finals, Gwyn saw the depth of guards in attendance. He wanted to make sure he got plenty of reps. So, he volunteered to move inside to center.
Despite having never played the position before, Gwyn held his own. And while he’s told most of the more than 20 schools offering that he’d like to stay at guard, he’s now open to snapping the ball. Now, it’s a matter of figuring out where he’ll play and that decision might still be some time away.
“Some colleges have asked about center and if I’d have a problem playing there,” Gwyn said. “Most colleges say either way, they’ll have me training at both center and guard to prepare me.”
Gwyn, Rivals No. 15 guard and No. 14 player in North Carolina, said he’s looking for a few specific qualities in his next home.
“I just look for playing time and then the schools that have my major (business or electrical/mechanical engineering),” he said. “With the coaching staff and players, I have a lot of family so I’m used to that atmosphere. That’s what I’m looking for, and if coaches get along, players get along. It’s not just, you’re here to train and then no one talks.”
Gwyn said he was impressed with what he saw at Virginia Tech. He’s only visited once — last fall for the Hokies’ game against Georgia Tech — but he plans to return Tuesday with his father to Blacksburg.
“When I watched them, even though they lost, I was watching the offensive line and players in general,” Gwyn said. “I like how they play. They’re aggressive and fast. They always keep a good tempo and they seem like even when they’re losing, they didn’t give up.”
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