Southern Duo Takes in Game

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Contributing at wide receiver for UVa next season could be a couple of true freshmen from the same high school. Southern Durham standouts Maurice Covington and Brandon Woods , both of whom have committed to UVa, were on hand to see UVa and their depleted receiving corps defeat Syracuse 31-10.

“I talked to the coaches on the field,” Covington said. “I talked to Coach Al Groh, Coach Prince and Coach Garrett. They told me that next year I’ll be on the field with my team. I have a good opportunity to step in and do some good things. Every time they call they let me know that I’m real important to them and that they are counting on me.”

Woods echoed Covington’s sentiments and enjoyed his visit this past weekend.

“The crowd was nice,” Woods said. “They showed a lot of love. They always show a lot of love. I thought the team played real good. It looks like they are a young Florida State or Miami team. The coaches were nice. They were talking to me about coming in and playing. It’s a big recruiting class and I’d have a chance to come in and play next year.”

Woods is a 6-2, 205-pound receiver/safety for Southern while Covington is a 6-4 ½, 215-pound receiver/outside linebacker. Covington is tall and speedy, as he says he has decreased his 40-time to 4.4 in the 40. Woods, who runs in the 4.5s, is a tough, physical and athletic receiver. Both are welcome additions to the receiving corps.

Heading into the visit, Woods had expressed some interest in visiting other schools while Covington seemed a bit more solid. In a recent update, Maurice said it would take a “miracle” for him to end up elsewhere. Following the visit, Woods seemed more solid as well.

“I doubt it,” Woods replied, asked if he was still considering taking visits to other schools. “I’m focused on Virginia. I’m not focused on other schools right now.”

According to Covington, he and Woods could have been spotted cheering the ‘Hoos on throughout the game.

“I loved the crowd,” Covington said. “I always love the crowd. This time Brandon and I participated in some of the fan activities like the Cavalier first down and swaying back and forth after a touchdown (laughs).”

Covington made the trip to Charlottesville with a Southern Durham coach and 6-6, 340-pound junior teammate Carl Johnson, who projects as an excellent prospect for the 2006 class. Woods made the