Covey Hoping for BYU Offer Soon

Timpview High School speedy athlete Britain Covey already has one in-state scholarship offer from Utah on the table, but the 5'9", 170-pound 4A MVP hopes this week he can prove himself worthy of another in-state scholarship. This time he's hoping it comes from BYU.

The history between Covey family and BYU goes back to the days when Sean Covey played quarterback during the 1980's. He was followed by nephew Stephen Covey who played at BYU beginning in 2005. Now Stephen's younger brother, Britain Covey, is the next Covey to come out of Timpview High School (UT) and, like older brother Stephen, is a dynamic, albeit diminutive, athlete.

"I started out as a slot receiver this past year, which is what I would be in college, but we kind of realized that you want your best overall athlete at quarterback because they'll get the ball every play," Covey said. "You want your playmaker to always have the ball in his hand. I love playing quarterback because I have a chance to make a play. I don't have the greatest arm strength but I'm really accurate. I also watch a lot of film. Obviously, I have a lot of speed and I can make cuts at full speed. I also have great field vision as well; those are some of the things that I do well."

As an athlete playing quarterback in 2013, Covey's stats were decent. Covey led Timpview to a 33-28 victory over East High School to win the Utah 4A State Football Championship last November.

"I had 26 passing touchdowns [and] six interceptions," Covey said. "I had a 70-percent completion percentage," said Covey. "I had [1,931] passing yards and I had over a thousand yards rushing [1,264] on the season as well."

Covey also accounted for an additional 18 rushing touchdowns, averaging 9.3 yards per carry in 2013. He also added three receiving touchdowns and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. For all of his accomplishments on the field, Covey was named as one of the top athletes in the state of Utah. He even beat out Brighton High School star Osa Masina for one top honor.

"I was the Region Eight MVP, and I was the Utah Valley Player of the Year, which was pretty cool," Covey said. "I was also named the 4A MVP. That was pretty cool. Then I got the Governors State of Sport award, which is the biggest one. They've only been doing that recently and it's the best male athlete from all classifications from 1A to 5A and I got it. I was going up against Osa Masina and was able to get that, so it's quite the accomplishment."

Right now Covey only has one scholarship offer from the University of Utah. Much like how BYU used J.D. Falslev within their offense in years past, the Utah staff has a clear vision on how they wish to use Covey within their offense.

"I have an offer from Utah and I didn't expect it," Covey said. "They called me during my choir class and offered me. I was like, ‘Huh, what?' They've been really supportive and uplifting to me and they really believe in me and I appreciate that. They've been sending me a letter at least once a week over the past few months. Another thing that's appealing about Utah is that they know how they want to use me. They're quite sure they want me to be their kick and punt return man and the slot. I like the way they do their offense, so it's really awesome to have an offer from them right now."

Britain's hoping more offers will come possibly this week with an upcoming visit to Utah State and possibly BYU.

"I'm going up to Utah State [this week] and I'm meeting with the coaches, so I don't know if that means they're going to offer me or not, but they might," said Covey. "There is a possibility that BYU might as well, but I don't know for sure about that either. I know there are a lot of coaches on staff that want to offer me, but there are a couple that are hesitant until they see me in person."

There had been rumors circulatin among BYU fans that because Utah had offered Covey, while BYU has yet to do so, that there were some bitter feelings in the Covey camp. Britain cleared the air by stating that simply is not true.

"No, that's not true," said Covey. "We haven't fallen out of favor so that's not true. I've heard all the rumors. My uncle said he went to a BYU site and read all the things that were said and all the funny comments. I'm just like, ‘Why do people think that? I just don't get it.' Anyhow, there's no fallout or anything like that. We're just waiting to see what happens."

The shifty Covey is biding his time to see what comes out of the process. In the meantime, BYU has been keeping tabs on him and continued to show interest.

"Yeah, BYU has shown a good amount of love," Covey said. "Coach (Kelly) Poppinga [recruits] Timpview and he's been great. He's such a nice guy and a great coach. He's shown a lot of love to me, and they've been great to me throughout the process. They just haven't offered me whereas Utah has and I've been in contact with Utah's coaches weekly, which is intriguing."

Covey will be in attendance at BYU's summer camp today and tomorrow. He's going to do his best to show those coaches still questioning if a scholarship offer should be extended or not, that he is worthy of such an offer.

"Yeah, I [have always been] a BYU fan and everyone loves to go to BYU and it's a great school," Covey said. "It will be interesting to see what will happen with my recruiting from them because I just don't know exactly what they're thinking about me. I love some of the coaches over there like Coach Poppinga and Nick Howell. They're really encouraging towards me and just great guys, so hopefully I can go to the camp and show them that I'm quick enough, fast enough, and tall enough to get an offer."

As a BYU legacy, Covey feels he's done enough on the football to show coaches that he is worthy of a scholarship offer. He isn't interested in a preferred walk-on opportunity.

"You know, I'm not sure how I would feel about that," Covey said. "I guess it depends on why they didn't offer me. If it was because they didn't have enough scholarships to offer me then I would understand about that. If it was because they felt I needed to prove something to them then that's a different story. I feel like I've done quite a bit to show whether or not I should be offered or not. If they've already given away all their offensive scholarships then I understand, but I feel like I've done enough to show the coaches that if you want me, you should offer me."

Just a little taller, but quicker and faster than JD Falslev, Britain Covey has spoken to BYU Quarterbacks Coach Jason Beck, who informed him that if he were to receive an offer from BYU he would be used in a similar manner within the BYU offense.

"I'm 5-9 exactly and I've actually stood next to J.D. [Falslev] and I'm actually a little taller than he is," said Covey. "Yeah, I've spoken to Coach Beck and he's talked to me about how they would use me. They would use me as a slot receiver much like they did J.D Falslev. They would use me as a slot receiver but I don't know how that's incorporated within their offense."

Britain Covey will be at BYU's camp today and tomorrow and then will head up to Utah State on Wednesday. He's hoping that his performance over the next couple of days will warrant a BYU scholarship offer.

"That's kind of the plan," Covey said. "I'm hoping to go out there and show that I'm able to play at the D1 level and get a scholarship."

How would Britain feel if he got an offer to attend BYU and follow in the footsteps of his uncle Sean and older brother Stephen Covey? He would be very happy knowing he has that option to continue the Covey legacy at BYU.

"I would feel really happy and that's always been a goal of mine to be offered by BYU and Utah," said Covey. "I love the coaches there, and it would be really nice to have that BYU offer [so that I] have that option. The Coveys have a legacy at BYU, which is really cool. I'm not going to make any decisions for a while, but I feel like an offer from BYU would play a role in my decision. I'm going to pray about it and think it would be pretty cool to get an offer from BYU."

Sounds like Britain Covey should be making some noise at BYU's camp. will stay in touch with him and report back on any developments from his time spent at BYU's camp.

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