Covington Confident in 2004

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Following an off-season that seems to have been very successful, Maurice Covington is more confident than ever at the start of his final high school season. Covington, who is now 6-4 ½, 210-pounds, combines great size with improved speed.

“I’ve improved my speed, I’ve gained weight and I’m stronger and quicker,” Covington said. “My most recent time in the 40 was in the 4.4s.”

Covington plays a plethora of positions for Southern High School (Durham, NC), who he has helped get off to a 3-0 start this season. He plays wide receiver – which is the position Virginia is recruiting him to play – as well as tight end, outside linebacker and a new one this year – cornerback. He demonstrated his corner skills last week, shutting down the opposing teams top receiver.

“This year I’ve been playing a lot of defense,” Covington said. “I’ve been playing a lot more defense. I’ve played linebacker and cornerback. I played linebacker for the first 2 games. In the 3rd game I played cornerback. The player I covered didn’t make a catch. He was about my height and I heard he runs a 4.42 in the 40. He was their go-to receiver and I shut him down. At linebacker I play bandit – an outside linebacker that blitzes a lot. I’m also used a lot in dropping back in coverage.

“On offense I play tight end and wide receiver. We haven’t been passing the ball that much early in the season. Later on we’ll be passing more, but so far I haven’t had that many thrown my way. I’ve only had like 2 passes thrown my way, and I have about 50 yards.”

Virginia’s 2nd commitment for the 2005 recruiting class, Covington committed to the ‘Hoos on October 8, 2003. His reasons for committing remain fresh in his mind.

“I had went to UVa the weekend before I committed,” Covington said. “I really like the atmosphere. I knew that they play freshmen early, so I’d have a good chance to play early. I could play football and get a good education. I love the coaches. I just felt like I belonged there.

“I’m really firmly committed. It would really take something big to change my mind. It would take a miracle.”

Some schools are trying to get into the picture with Covington. In addition to UVa, South Carolina and Miami (Fl) have called this month. Would Miami, who has not yet offered, be the “big” thing to change his mind?

“If Miami offered I might take a look,” Covington said. “Maybe.