Covert Tables Decision

Continuing his family's legacy on the Pitt football team is still being highly considered, according to Scott Covert, son of former Panthers star offensive tackle Jimbo Covert, but he's not making a commitment just yet.

Scott Covert, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior defensive lineman at Lake Forest, Ill. High School this fall, received a written scholarship offer from Pittsburgh some three weeks ago. It's his only offer so far, but Covert is still delaying this life-changing decision for another few weeks.

"I'm going to wait a little while, because I'm still talking to my dad about it,'' Covert said. "But I'm going to make a decision before the season starts. So, I'm still looking into things and weighing my options. I just don't want to rush into anything, because this is a big decision.''

Covert went through a lengthy camp tour that included trips to Pitt and Iowa, coached by Jimbo Covert friends Dave Wannstedt and Kirk Ference, respectively. The Hawkeyes are interested in the younger Covert, but have not yet offered him a scholarship.

"I enjoyed my trip to Iowa, and I'm still talking with coaches there,'' Covert said. "But they haven't offered. Pitt is my only offer right now, but we'll see. I just have to think this out and take my time.''

Covert is among several recruits believed to have Pitt as their frontrunner, but they're taking a long time to make a commitment. The others are tight end Brock DeCicco from Thomas Jefferson High School in Jefferson Hills, Pa.; defensive end Will Clarke from Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pa.; middle linebacker Dan Mason from Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh; and defensive end Tyrone Ezell from Steel Valley High School in Munhall, Pa.

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