Covey Receives His BYU Offer

The Covey family has a long standing history with BYU, going back to the 1980's when Sean Covey was under center playing quarterback for the Cougars. The latest Covey to get a BYU offer is Britain Covey, who attended BYU's camp earlier this week and accomplished a goal he had set out to attain.

Britain Covey went to BYU's camp earlier this week without a scholarship offer. His goal was to attend camp for one day in the hope that one day would be good enough to show BYU coaches he was worthy of such an offer.

"I only was only able to participate at the camp on Tuesday, so they (BYU coaches) started out with some receiver drills and all the coaches knew that I was coming out," Covey said. "They all came and talked to me beforehand, which was cool. They were all looking for me and that was really nice.

"We started off with receiver drills just to get warmed up. Then we went into a private workout with Coach (Guy) Holliday and a couple of other receivers they had already offered like Simi Fehoko. We were with Coach Holliday and it was a pretty intense workout. I really appreciated the chance to do that.

"We [then] went to a scrimmage, which was fun and [allowed me] to show what I can really do. I had some good plays. I ended up playing both offense and defense, which was pretty fun. That was the major story behind camp. I think I showed what I can do with the ball in my hands despite what some people might see as me having a disadvantage with my height."

The Timpview High School (UT) product responsible for leading the Thunderbirds to a state championship last season wasn't sure what the BYU coaches were thinking when he stepped on campus. He felt the staff knew he was athletic enough but just wanted to see a little more.

"When I went down on Tuesday I really wasn't sure if they were going to offer me or not," said Covey. "I wasn't sure what the coaches were thinking. I feel like they knew that I was fast but I had to prove how physical I could be. I came in thinking I needed to prove that I could be physical. When I play football, I come to hit someone."

Covey wasn't planning on participating at the BYU camp on Wednesday. The reason was he was getting ready to go up to Utah State to attend a basketball camp. He did, however, visit campus and that's when he was approached by Nick Howell.

"I [stopped by campus on Wednesday] morning and Coach Howell said he wanted me to go talk to Coach (Bronco) Mendenhall," said Covey. "I didn't play, actually, because I had my Utah State basketball tournament coming up and I wanted to be rested for that. I came down and Coach Howell said he wanted me to meet with Bronco at 4:00. I got pretty antsy and excited.

"I wasn't sure it was going to be an offer or not, but I was pretty sure that it was going to be. I spent the day watching camp with some of my friends, like Sione Heimuli-Lund and Simi Fehoko. Then at 4:00 my parents and I met with Bronco in his office as well as Coach Holliday. That's when they extended the offer and that was really cool."

Getting his offer from BYU was a gratifying experience for Covey.

"I was just so excited and it was just one of those moments where you get clarification for all the hard work you put in to accomplish a goal like that," said Covey. "To finally get the offer was just so gratifying to have an experience like that."

Covey now has three scholarship offers from BYU, Utah, and now Utah State. Harvard is also expressing interest and is pursuing his services. He was heading to Utah State this morning to meet with the Aggie coaching staff and received an offer from the Aggies.

"Yeah, honestly I was thinking [of making my commitment known early], maybe sometime around the beginning of football season when my brother [Christian Covey] gets home from his mission [in Romania] in early August," said Covey. "I don't have an exact timeline but I'm going to pull the trigger when I'm 100 percent sure where I want to go. My brothers and I will get together and look through all the options, pray about it, and then go from there. It's kind of cool to have brothers like that."

Britain's older brother Stephen Covey played at BYU but his football career was cut short after his sophomore year due to an injury. When Stephen Covey learned that his younger brother Britain received an opportunity to play football at BYU he was very excited for him.

"He was really excited and was pumped!" said Covey. "That's his alma mater and he knows the coaches really well. He knows Bronco really well and was really excited for me to come down to the camp. He wasn't able to come with me when I got my offer but he was just so excited for me. When he gets back home tomorrow we're going to start talking, but he's really supportive of me and will support what's best for me."

Covey was told by the Cougar coaches that they want him to play the slot receiver position and return kicks if he decides to choose BYU.

"They want me to play slot and return man," Covey said. "It's the same thing that Utah has said they want me for. It's my dream and I would love to do that at college, especially return punts and kicks. I feel like I could really make a difference there as well as slot receiver. That's a position reserved for dynamic players."

Covey is extremely grateful for Coach Holliday believing in him and extending the offer. Having worked out with Coach Holliday, Covey sees how special of a coach he truly is.

"I really love Coach Holliday," Covey said. "He's blunt and intense and the kind of coach anyone would love to play for because you know you're learning and being groomed to be great. He said it was tough for him to recruit small guys because he's a tall guy, but I think he saw my mentality and my heart. He recognized that, appreciated it, and I think that's what made him believe in me. He knows I'm athletic but he just needed to see my heart. I think he saw it and believed in me. That's when they pulled the trigger. I'm so grateful for Coach Holliday." will continue to monitor the recruitment of Britain Covey and keep you updated on when he decides to make a commitment.

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