Earlier this week, Virginia received commitment number two for the 2005 recruiting class. Southern Durham (Durham, NC) wide receiver/outside linebacker Maurice Covington chose the Cavaliers over interest from many ACC and SEC programs.
Southern Durham Head Coach Gordon Walters, who coached current Virginia sophomore safety Willie Davis at Lanier High School (NC), says Covington really enjoyed a visit last month to Virginia and felt ready to make an early commitment.
“Maurice went up there, he hung out with Willie Davis and liked it a lot,” said Walters. “He was really impressed with the staff and he’s impressed with what they offer academically. I met with his mother and father, and we went over the pros and cons of committing early. They talked about it and Maurice came into my office the other day and said he was ready to commit. I’m not going to let anyone else talk to him because he is committed to Virginia.”
Covington chose Virginia over Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
“It came down to Virginia, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina,” said Walters. “He went to Georgia Tech’s and North Carolina’s camps, but they did not offer. He had other offers to choose from, but two of his three finalists had not yet offered.”
Coach Walters has been impressed with the UVA coaching staff ever since Willie Davis committed to the program. Furthermore, he has developed a trust with Offensive Coordinator Ron Prince over the past nine years.
“Willie [Davis] committed early, and the fact that Willie has been so happy with his decision to go to Virginia dictated a lot,” said Walters. “I feel good knowing that there is a place that will make my kids go to class and be there for them. When I met Coach Groh for the first time, I was really impressed. Coach Prince has been recruiting my players since his days at JMU (1995-1997), so I trust him. I’m impressed with the entire staff.”
The Cavaliers are getting a versatile, athletic, and talented prospect. Covington plays wide receiver and sometimes moves to tight end primarily for blocking purposes. He has eight catches for 197 yards and three touchdowns in seven games this season. He plays outside linebacker for a defense that has had five shutouts in seven games this season.
Covington’s true college position has yet to be determined. Depending on his development, he could play many different positions on offense or defense.
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