Stephen Covey Verbally Commits to BYU Football

He carries the name of his famous grandfather known worldwide as an accomplished business mentor, motivational speaker and author of "7 Habits of Highly Effective People." But this high school senior has his immediate sights set on becoming the best football player he can be as possibly BYU's first 2005 prep scholarship commit.

Stephen Covey, a 5-11, 185-pound quarterback at Timpview High School (Utah) with 4.5/40 speed, dreams of playing quarterback at BYU, but Cougar coaches have indicated he will likely play as a defensive back. "I'd like to work on getting a bit taller, but I'm not exactly sure on how to do that," he joked.

Recognizing his passion and desire to play quarterback in college, Covey said BYU coach Gary Crowton told him, "They've offered me as an athlete, but Crowton says he'll give me a shot at playing quarterback. Quarterback is the position I want to play most, but I just want to play for BYU regardless of the position. If I can help the team better on defense, that's where I'll play."

Covey confirmed he verbally committed to the Cougars after participating at their camp. Covey was offered a scholarship by Crowton and immediately accepted. "It was a no-brainer. It's where I've always wanted to play," he said. "It's also a great academic school and that's important to me. I'm really interested in film study, but I may follow in my family's footsteps and major in business. Just the academics and the LDS atmosphere made it the perfect choice for me.

"I've always dreamed of playing for BYU ever since I was a kid. I grew up here in Provo and I've always been a huge BYU fan. Playing quarterback for BYU has always been a dream of mine. Hopefully I can make that dream a reality."

Covey said he alternated at the quarterback and defensive back positions during the BYU camp. "I wanted to show them that I was able to play both and I felt that I did alright playing defensive back."

After watching the Cougars' defense stifle Notre Dame last weekend, Covey said the prospect of playing in defensive coordinator Bronco Mendenhall's defense became even more alluring. "Oh man, they were just awesome. They completely dominated. Playing in a defense like that definitely makes me want to play defense a little more. That scheme is great and I know I'd love playing in it."

Covey's Timpview team has a perfect record and he has worked hard at upgrading his skills from a run-first to a throwing quarterback. "We're 3-0 right now and we're outscoring our opponents on average of 34-6 now, so we're doing real well. We definitely want to take State and feel that we're on our way. I feel that I can prove myself as a throwing quarterback. It's something I've worked hard on. I know that if I'm to play at the next level, I have to prove to myself as being able to throw the ball effectively along with scrambling and running the ball well," he said.

Covey turns 19 in October and plans to serve an LDS mission. He hasn't decided if he'll play a year or leave right out of high school. "I haven't talked to the coaches yet … if I'll leave right away or play a year and then leave. It's something I'll decide on soon, probably after the season is over," he continued.

Possibly joining him on the Cougars football team could be three other widely recruited Utah prospects – offensive lineman Matt Reynolds, linebacker Luke Ashworth and running back Harvey Unga. BYU has already offered Reynolds and Ashworth and some expect they will shortly offer Unga, who many consider the best running back in the state this year.

"It would be great to play with those guys in college. I think it's very likely that Luke (Ashworth) and Matt (Reynolds) will sign with BYU," Covey confided. Harvey Unga is a great player as well and I'd hope he'd play for BYU as well."

Meanwhile, hope springs eternal and Covey is diligently working on improving his speed and quarterbacking skills. He chuckled, but concluded in a serious tone, "I'm working real hard on my drop back skills and my arm strength. I just want to prove to BYU and coach Crowton that I can play quarterback."

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