The lone offensive lineman at The Opening regional in Charlotte last Sunday to earn a Finals invitation was Jovaughn Gwyn.
The 2018 guard/center from Charlotte won the large majority of his reps, using his stout frame, technique and strength to consistently counteract the opponent’s pass rush.
Gwyn was also named MVP among offensive linemen at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Charlotte the previous weekend.
“It felt good,” Gwyn said of earning an invite to the Finals. “I went out there just doing what I had to do. I wasn’t really thinking about getting an invite or not, I was just out there to show what I can do and see the competition out there.”
Gwyn (6-3, 290) is beginning to gain momentum in his recruitment. He added offers from Louisville and North Carolina this week to an offer list that includes Duke, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, South Carolina, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
Clemson continues to communicate with Gwyn, who heard from area recruiter Danny Pearman again this week.
“He said that they’re going to start offering more O-linemen in the summer,” Gwyn said. “He said he wanted me to come to their camp, and he’ll probably end up making the decision there and possibly offering me.”
Gwyn attended Clemson’s junior day in March and returned later in the month to watch a spring practice.
He has spoken mostly with Pearman, though the practice visit allowed him to spend individual time with offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell and meet other members of the staff.
“Most of their coaches that I met and had time to talk to, they seemed cool, and they get personal with you,” he said. “They talk to you about everything and tell you about life.”
Gwyn feels Duke, N.C. State, South Carolina and Wake Forest are recruiting him the hardest. He mentioned June or July as a potential timeframe for narrowing down his recruitment.
“But I’ll just see what other offers I get,” he said, “and see if there are any schools that I might want to look at.”
Gwyn believes Clemson is looking at him as both a guard and center.
He knows he is on the Tigers’ recruiting board.
“I’ve been hearing a lot from Clemson, so I know they’re there and have me on their list,” Gwyn said. “I just know that everybody does things different. Some programs offer early, some offer later.
“Getting an offer from them would mean a lot because they just won a championship, and they have good O-linemen. With the level that they play at, it would mean a lot.”