So if he couldn't go to school in South Florida, California and Hawaii were his dream destinations.
When UCLA offered him a scholarship, the opportunity to punt for the Bruins and be near the Pacific Ocean was too good to pass up.
"I live on the beach in St. Pete on Sunset Beach, and surf all the time, and I thought I always wanted to go to California or Hawaii, and California seemed like the best fit," said Covington.
Covington took his official visit to UCLA in October, the weekend the Bruins hosted Utah, and was hooked.
"The official visit was what really did it," sad Covington. "I went out for the Utah game. It was beautiful and there was no humidity."
But Covington knows his time in Westwood won't be focused on surfing, it will be continuing the Bruins' legacy of stellar punting, when called upon.
"With Jeff Locke graduating, they expect me to be starting my freshman year, instead of redshirting, so playing as a true freshman is a pretty big deal," said Covington.
Covington got a chance to speak with Locke on his official visit, and is excited to follow in his footsteps.
"Jerry Neuheisel was my host on the visit and he's a really good guy," said Covington. "And he had me around Jeff the whole time and I talked with him pretty much the whole visit."
Covington and Locke have similarities, both are left footed punters and both were selected to the UnderArmour All-America Game.
And while Locke had only his senior season under Jeff Ulbrich, the Bruins' special teams coach, Covington will get to start with him.
"I love Coach Ulbrich, he's my favorite coach," said Covington. "That's the number one thing, when I think of special teams, is the coach. He showed me around campus and we connected really well."
Covington also got a chance to spend time with head coach Jim Mora, and was impressed with him as well.
"Coach Mora came with us and he's pretty much the same thing as Ulbrich, both real chill, calm and collected," said Covington.