April 2, 2012

Wake emerges for Covington

Wake Forest and North Carolina have long been at the top of Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek's Anthony Covington list of favorites, but the Demon Deacons appear to be creating some separation from the Tar Heels in his recruitment.

"I would say Wake and Carolina would be the [top] two [and] in that order," Covington said. "Carolina is still up there though. I wouldn't sleep on Carolina at all, but Wake is definitely a homey feel for me right now."

Covington likes Wake Forest's structured environment, and is impressed with the University's strong academics.

While it seems the Deacs are emerging as Covington's leader he is keeping the door open for the Heels and other teams. He is also interested in Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami (Fla.) and Oklahoma.

Georgia Tech is the only one of those schools to join East Carolina, Minnesota, Mississippi State, NC State, UNC, Virginia and Wake on Convington's list of scholarship offers.

In an attempt to continue Carolina's momentum on the recruiting trail and build a relationship with a rising prep power in North Carolina Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels will hold spring practice at Mallard Creek Thursday.

"It shows that they recognize Mallard Creek as having some of the top athletes; not just myself, but Marquez North and Brian Walker and Tevin [Lawshe] and all of those guys who have come to work also and have gotten those offers as well," Covington said.

The 5-foot-11, 193-pound cornerback visited Wake Thursday, March 29. He talked with his primary recruiter Lonnie Galloway, met the Demon Deacons new secondary coach Tim Duffie and spent time with Merrill Noel.

"It was great," Covington said. "He [Duffie] is really laid back, but he's also about business, which is a big thing. It reminded me a lot of the coaches here at Mallard Creek; play later, work first, but still have a lot of fun. I think I've got a pretty good feel for him."

Like Noel, Covington is an outgoing personality and a physical cornerback.

"All you can do is laugh [at Noel]," Covington said. "He's a character. He's a great person, great player. He loves to have fun and laugh, but on the field you can tell he's focused and that's somewhat of how I view myself; laugh and having fun, but when you put on those pads and lace those cleats up it's all about business."

Covington showcased his all-business attitude Sunday, April 1 at the Rivals.com/VTO Sports North Carolina Elite 100 Combine at Mallard Creek. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell rated Covington as the No. 11 skill position player at the combine for his strong performance.

Last season Covington intercepted five passes to help Mallard Creek advance to the fourth round of the state playoffs and finish with a 13-1 record. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star recruit.

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