Texas linebacker has Army offer

Jacob Covington recently received his Army offer and may be close to making his decision after speaking with Black Knight assistant coach, Todd Spencer. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker from Liberty Hill High School in central Texas about 40 miles north of Austin just has one D-1 offer to his credit but it could be the only one he needs.

"I'm very excited about the Army offer," Covington told ArmySports.com. "I've been thinking about calling to commit in the next day or two. I'm going to sit down and talk it over with my family and then sleep on it.

"Coach Spencer showed up at my high school a month ago and we had a good conversation. Then just a couple of weeks ago, on a Tuesday, out of the blue, he called with the offer. He asked me about growing up and my family and then told me Army has a scholarship for me. He actually said that I was the number one linebacker on their board at the moment that they're recruiting. He said they like my explosiveness and just liked the way I play football. The think I'll fit in well at inside linebacker."

Covington started out at Liberty Hill at defensive end. He moved to middle linebacker last year as a junior and was named first team All-District and All-State Honorable Mention in Texas Class 3A Region 1 District 8. In 12 games in 2013, Covington made 106 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and four pass breakups. He also serves as the Panthers long snapper.

"I think I have really good quickness in a five-yard radius," Covington said on his game. "I'm an explosive guy. I'm pretty strong with good upper and lower body strength.

"We have a good solid team coming back next year. There are 12 returning starters. We have our whole offensive line back. I think the will be the best team athletically we had here in a long time."

Covington said he could be on the verge of a UTSA offer after a strong camp showing and Stephen F. Austin has been in heavy contact with SMU and Texas A&M-Commerce expressing interest as well.

Covington, a good student at Liberty Hill, reports a 3.7 GPA but says his twin sister, Aubrey, is the brains of the family and is set to be the school's valedictorian next year.

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