June 20, 2012

Covington names top five

Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek cornerback Anthony Covington does not have a leader in his recruitment, but Maryland, Miami (Fla.), NC State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest have emerged as his top five.

"Maryland is obviously another good school," Covington said. "All of the ACC schools obviously are very good for academics, including Miami (Fla.) with their sports medicine program and NC State with forensic science and sports medicine."

"I feel like I've gotten a pretty good relationship with Coach [Lee] Hull of Maryland, Coach [George] McDonald from Miami (Fla.), so out of those top schools I feel like all of them have met my criteria, which is academics first. Obviously being a D-I school they're all looking to compete."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder, who is rated as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 52 cornerback and the No. 23 prospect in North Carolina, hopes to choose a school by the end of the summer. He plans to graduate in December and enroll in time for the spring semester at the college he commits to.

"I'm sure over the summer as things get a little more settled it'll become a little easier to figure out which schools are a little higher on my list and which ones have me a little higher on their list and figure out where I can go from there," Covington said.

Covington also claims scholarship offers from East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Virginia, while Auburn, Clemson, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech have shown interest.

He has scheduled trips for Georgia Tech and Maryland in the near future, and said he may try to visit Miami (Fla.) while on vacation.

The physical cornerback camped at Wake Forest Sunday, June 3, and made it down to Winston-Salem Thursday, March 29 for a spring practice and Saturday, Feb. 25 for Junior Day.

"Obviously Wake Forest I've built a pretty sturdy relationship with all of the coaches," Covington said. "I love the fact they are obviously a smaller school. I love the education part of it. I love the fact they compete and try to win ACC titles regardless of the size of their school in general."

Lonnie Galloway is Covington's primary recruiter for the Demon Deacons, while Tim Duffie has also had contact with the instate stud.

Covington intercepted five passes to help Mallard Creek advance to the fourth round of the state playoffs and finish with a 13-1 record last season.

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