March 12, 2012

Deacs, Heels lead for Covington

Wake Forest and North Carolina are leading the way in the pursuit of Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek cornerback Anthony Covington.

Covington is also interested in Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami (Fla.) and Oklahoma. Among those teams Georgia Tech is the only one to join East Carolina, Minnesota, Mississippi State, NC State, UNC, Virginia and Wake as a school that has offered him a scholarship.

"Some of those other schools I haven't had a chance to go down and see yet, so I can't really compare those schools to North Carolina and Wake yet, but as far as what I've seen and the type of relationship, the type of desire for having me at the schools that Wake and UNC are showing me those would definitely be the top two," Covington said.

He hopes to visit the Yellow Jackets and the Sooners.

The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder enjoyed a visit to Winston-Salem for Wake's Junior Day Saturday, Feb. 25. Lonnie Galloway is handling his recruitment for the Demon Deacons.

"Me and him have a pretty good rapport, a pretty good relationship, so I would probably say that's the main guy who really helps me feel comfortable with anybody I come in contact with on campus that I don't know; obviously trusting his judgment," Covington said. "I think our rapport has gotten pretty strong and the chemistry and the bond has gotten pretty good over the past couple of months."

Covington, who plans to camp at Wake Forest this summer will also lead Mallard Creek in a seven-on-seven competition there.

Gunter Brewer recruits the greater Charlotte area for the Tar Heels, but Covington has also talked with UNC defensive coordinator and secondary coach Dan Disch.

"I've talked with Coach [Larry] Fedora, and I've gotten a pretty good feel for him as well, so those [UNC and Wake] two are my top two right now," Covington said. "The rapport and relationship with all of those guys at both universities is definitely top notch. On top of athletics an education from both of those schools definitely stands for itself."

Covington will participate in the Rivals.com/VTO Sports Elite 100 Showcase, Nike Combine and Shrine Bowl Combine next month.

He added that he will see some time at running back too this fall.

The versatile athlete intercepted five passes to help Mallard Creek advance to the fourth round of the state playoffs and finish with a 13-1 record.

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