February 8, 2012

Covington to visit

Interest is picking up for Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek cornerback Anthony Covington.

The 5-foot-11, 193-pound rising senior claims offers from East Carolina, Minnesota, Mississippi State, NC State, North Carolina, UNC-Charlotte, Virginia, Wake Forest and more.

"This week I plan on going to UNC [Chapel Hill] on Wednesday," Covington said. "I'm going to Wake Forest on the 25th [of February]. I'm going to Virginia I want to say on the 28th of this month."

Covington received his scholarship offer from the Tar Heels in January when he was in town for Carolina's basketball game against Boston College.

"Just seeing the new coaching staff and all their new philosophies, [what] the DB coach [David Duggan] plans on bringing to the table and just the overall atmosphere and wanting to win you can see was a big thing for them," Covington said.

Gunter Brewer is recruiting him for the Tar Heels, while Lonnie Galloway is pursuing him for the Demon Deacons.

"He [Galloway] constantly checks up on me, and makes sure [my] schoolwork is done," Covington said. "He continues to show my highlight tape to the specialist coach for DB's [Steve Russ] and the head coach [Jim Grobe], and every time he comes into the office and talks to coach just leaves a message for him to make sure my head is on straight. That's a big thing for me."

Covington is not ready to give one school the edge over the others, but did say Wake is going to be one of the main programs he will give a significant amount of attention to.

"[Wake Forest is a] great school," Covington said. "Academically it's top notch. A degree from Wake stands alone by itself. Academically is the best thing for me as far as picking a school first and foremostwise. I think that definitely that really catches my eye up [and] peaks my interest. Athletically it's still playing great competition, great D-I schools, and a little bit more of a smaller university. It will allow me to continue to focus on academics as well as working hard with the coaches and with the team in order to get better. I think definitely it's a school that's in the running."

Covington intercepted five passes to help Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek advance to the semifinal round of the state playoffs and finish with a 13-1 record.

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