Target 2005: Maurice Covington

DURHAM, N.C. – Yes, Southern Durham wide receiver Maurice Covington did make a verbal commitment to Virginia back in October 2003, and he hasn't backed out of it – yet. And perhaps he won't.

Covington said he was very impressed with the Tar Heels, but became worried that UNC coach John Bunting might not be around to see him matriculate to Chapel Hill. Now, it is clear that Bunting will be around – at least one more year.

"Carolina first gained interest in me at the camps, and they started sending me a lot of mail," Covington said. "I liked everything about Carolina. But the team wasn't doing so good this year, and I didn't know if the coach was going to stay long. If they had had a better record, of course I would have taken them into more consideration."

But Spartans coach Gordon Walters is allowing the UNC coaches to talk to him. Thus, it's beginning to look like Covington's commitment may not be as solid as it once seemed.

"It's like the wind blowing," Walters said, referring to some athletes and their willingness to make several commitments before finally settling down on one school.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder lines up at outside linebacker and wide receiver for Southern, but could play a variety of different positions at the college level. Covington has speed and strength, with a 4.5-40-time and a 275-pound bench press.

"Maurice's best football is ahead of him," said Walters. "He's a great kid. He just went up to Virginia and loved it."

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