The 6-foot-2, 220-pound defensive end/outside linebacker committed to Black Knight coaches on July 12th, 2014.
"It was an unbeatable situation at Army. There's no other college comes close to the education with top FBS football. I consider a West Point degree right next to an Ivy League degree. The program, I believe, is rising under Coach Monken, and I expect us to contend right away. I loved all of the coaches. I think they're a great group of guys to play for."
Army was Jacob Covington's only D-1 offer at the time of his commitment.
"Coach (Todd) Spencer showed up at my high school (last May) and we had a good conversation. Then just a couple of weeks (later), 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. They think I'll fit in well at inside linebacker."
Covington played all of his senior year at defensive end. He had 95 total tackles, 15 sacks, and 40 quarterback hurries. He was named District 14-4A Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, Academic All-District, and first team All-Centex at defensive line. He is the son of Julie and Sean Covington, and the brother of two sisters, Abby and Aubrey, his twin. Covington said he will take the ACT February 7th to determine if he will be have a direct appointment to West Point.