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Running back Chris Covington may be in the heart of SEC country, but not only is Arizona State the lone school west of the Mississippi to recruit him – they are also the first to offer him a scholarship. Covington told DevilsDigest that he may just reward the school for that initiative.

Covington, the 5-11 190 Brookwood HS standout from Snellville, GA is considered one of the fastest players in the state. He was clocked running a 4.4, and is considered a top baseball prospect as well. His high school team was ranked earlier in the year 12th in the nation.

He visited Tempe during the USC game, where he was officially offered a scholarship. "Everything impressed me on the trip," he said. "The school and the facilities were amazing. The town is beautiful. I was expecting a desert, and it was beautiful clean town. I liked it a lot." The cohesiveness on the team was hard for him to ignore. He holds that virtue in high regard, as well as honesty. "I got a strong sense of closeness, like one big family. That's something I'm looking for. They told me I was gonna get a chance, but they're weren't feeding me a bunch of lies either."

Clemson, Maryland, Georgia, and Vanderbilt are the other major schools showing interest in Covington. Naturally, he would like to receive more offers, but that doesn't diminish his feeling about the lone offer he has right now. "I'm very excited to get an offer – especially from such a big school like ASU. I'm really excited."

As a junior, Covington collected 1,100 yards rushing, 350 receiving yards, 12 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. Thus far in 2003, he has amassed 850 yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, and five touchdown receptions. While he's projected as a defensive back by other schools, he told us that he only enters the game in nickel defense situations. "We run the ball a lot so that suits me," stated Covington. "I like playing cornerback too, but I rather run the ball."

Covington lists his strengths as being an elusive and quick back, but he does admit that he needs to get bigger and stronger. Even though he also is considered a legitimate baseball prospect, the opportunity to play that sport will not weigh heavily in his decision where to attend school. "I haven't talked to ASU about playing baseball," he said. "But they told me it's a possibility if I wanted to do so. I heard it's a great program. But if the school has a good baseball program, it's not gonna be a major factor in my decision. I'm going to school to play football."

Sun Devils' cornerbacks coach, Kevin Ramsey, is the ASU coach recruiting Covington. Coaching in various SEC programs, Ramsey knows the lay of the land and could effectively increase the recruiting territory for the school. Part of Covington's love for ASU is the relationship he has with the coach. "He's real nice. Sometimes we don't even talk about football. I know if I play cornerback at ASU he'll be my position coach, but I still want to play running back (smile)."

The running back is sporting a 3.2 GPA, and along with a 23 score on his ACT he's in essence already qualified academically. He does wish that he has more schools to chose from, but that's not to say that he's not elated to be on the Sun Devils' wish list. "It would be nice to get some more offers so I can make a choice," exclaimed Covington. "ASU offered me because they wanted me, not because they were afraid they were gonna lose me to someone else."

Even though Covington is still waiting more scholarship offers, he doesn't expect to make a late decision. "We're gonna take a couple more trips, but my decision won't be late on signing day. Whatever me and my parents want to decide, that's who we're going with." And the location of the school will not be a determining factor either way. "I want to go somewhere where I can play and be on the field. I don't care how far away it is."

"If ASU ends up being my only offer," he said. "I'll take it and be fine with it. I'd be excited to go out there."

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