Arkansas got an unofficial visit from one of the top Class of 2019 linebackers in Texas. Come inside for much more.
Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic Class of 2019 inside linebacker Chance Cover was among the top recruits at Arkansas on Saturday. Cover was named the District 5-6A Defensive Newcomer of the Year following a season that saw him collect 125 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.
Cover was impressed with what he saw at Arkansas. In addition he got to get to know 2018 4-star linebacker commitment Bumper Pool, from nearby by Lucas (Texas) Lovejoy, better.
"My visit went great," Cover said. "My highlight was probably watching the scrimmage and building better relationships with coaches and Bumper Pool."
Though he is a linebacker, it was cornerback Ryan Pulley who caught the attention of Cover.
"One of their corners really caught my eye (No.) 11," Cover said. "He was really yappy and backed it up."
Bret Bielema and Paul Rhoads are installing the 3-4 defense this spring. That is opposed to the 4-3 in the past. Count Cover as one who likes the new defense.
"I like it a lot because it creates a lot more opportunities for the middle backers," Cover said.
Some consider Cover possibly the best inside linebacker in Texas in 2019. What does he feel are his strengths on the field?
"My strengths are how I get downhill quick," Cover said. "Run my feet through contact, shed blocks and deceptively evade moves."
In the past couple of months, Cover has been a busy person. He has been to Oklahoma (Feb. 19) and Tulsa (March 4) Junior Days. He has been on unofficial visits to Oklahoma (April 8), Baylor (March 15), SMU (March 24), Texas A&M (March 25) and Oklahoma State (April 14) in addition to the Hogs. Cover talked about the schools he likes the best.
"I like the schools who treat me as a top priority and make me feel most comfortable," Cover said.
Cover also talked about what he's looking for in a college.
"I am looking for a great education," Cover said. "A program I can make an impact early on. Also, great relationships with coaches and players."