Pack in Top Five for Covington

NC State is still in the running for Mallard Creek (NC) cornerback Anthony Covington. Pack Pride has the latest on his recruitment.

With commitments from Miami (FL) Central's Da'Wan Hunte and Hopkins (SC) Lower Richland's standout Marcus Edmond, NC State's available spots at the cornerback position are dwindling.

One player the Pack continues to target, however, is Mallard Creek's Anthony Covington. Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 52 cornerback nationally, Covington snagged five interceptions as a junior. That has propelled him to double digit scholarship offers. Pack Pride caught up with the rising senior recently for the latest on his top schools.

"My top five would have to be NC State, Wake Forest, Maryland, Vanderbilt and probably Miami," Covington said recently. "That's not really in any particular order but those are the five that kinda stick out in my mind. I would like to get them ranked and figure out a little bit more about each of the institutions soon."

The 6-0, 200-pound cornerback broke down his interest in each of those schools.

NC State: "Obviously the success they've had on the defensive side of the ball. You want to play for somebody that will bring out the best in you so you look at some of the players they've produced. They've got a strong sports medicine program and forensic science too. That's a school that's pretty close to home that I'll put serious interest in."

Wake Forest: "I think I mostly like the size of the school. Obviously it's a little bit smaller school but they can still contend for ACC titles. Their academics are definitely very strong. I want to major in sports medicine or physical therapy. I also like the fact that they've got a(n) historic campus. They've got a lot to show for their history as far as winning too. Wake Forest is definitely high up there."

Maryland: "To be honest I haven't really had too much in-depth information on them. Obviously everything coach Lee Hull (Covington's recruiting coach) has told me has really appealed to me. I'm trying to get down there and see it for myself. I'm staying in contact with him and things have taken off over the past week or so."

Vanderbilt: "It's pretty much the same as Wake as far as the education and just wanting to win. I would probably say the only difference with them is they play in the SEC as opposed to the ACC. I'm not going to say they play bigger-name schools but schools that are more known for football. That's another school with the criteria I want schools to meet."

Miami: "With a lot of schools the biggest difference is location so that's one place where they're different. Miami's known for their medicine program. They're also known for producing very high-level athletes and sending players to the league and competing which is obviously important."

Covington said he plans to visit NC State sometime in the near future. He is also planning to visit Maryland sometime in early July.

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