Dedarallo Blue and Aaron Covington were two highly regarded recruits out of Armwood High School in Florida. Covington in the 2015 signing class and Blue in the 2016 class. Both Blue and Covington would choose the Toledo Rockets over major offers. For Blue, his Toledo commitment was challenged by a late push by Iowa State. However, now that he's a Rocket, Blue is making the most of it as he played in several snaps of Toledo's season opener at Arkansas State.
Despite Blue, the true-freshman, only making one tackle in his collegiate debut, the sky is the limit for the six-foot, 195-pound cornerback out of the Sunshine State. For Covington, the younger brother of former Toledo great, Allen Covington, he didn't record any stats in the season opener. However, Covington has been raved about by several coaches and players that we have talked to. The five-nine, 176-pound redshirt-freshman will be providing depth this season in the nickel and dime formations. In seasons to come, both Covington and Blue could be opposite each other as every-down type of defensive backs. Covington would choose Toledo over offers from Arizona, Baylor, Cincinnati, and several others but it appears he made the right choice with the opportunity to be a lockdown corner in the seasons to come with the Rockets.
It's not every day you have two former high school teammates at the same position fighting for playing time. However, with Dedarallo Blue and Aaron Covington, they shouldn't need to fight each other for too long. Within the next two seasons, they should be key additions to the Rocket defensive backfield as they bolster the future of this secondary. Watch out for No. 21 and No. 28 in Midnight Blue & Gold.