Personally, I can’t relate to Mountain Ridge high school’s, Nick Covey. One day you are sitting there, a football player with an obviously stout
amount of talent, speed and desire, but up to a certain point, basically
unknown. And then, one of the most tradition-drenched football programs in the
country sends you a letter stating that you now have a full ride scholarship to
play that sport for them.
I guess not even Covey himself could relate. Well, until now of
course. Now, he knows just how it feels. "I was so excited, but I was really
shocked." Covey stated. "I had no idea this was coming."
Part of that obliviousness is from simply being humble, but
realistically, when you don’t have any written offers at that point, your first
coming from a program like Nebraska would probably catch someone off guard. It
certainly wouldn’t his coach, Steve Belles stating that Covey’s potential is up
there with the best. "The sky is the limit for him. I think he could play
anywhere, at any position, and start at the next level."
It also wouldn’t surprise Southwest recruiting analyst for
TheInsiders, Andrew Friedman who says Covey could be a definite diamond in the
Add to all this impressive size (6'3", 220lbs.), great speed
(4.59/40) and athleticism that has garnered him anything from All-Region honors
as a linebacker and tight end, plus All-State honors as a punter, Covey
averaging a whopping 47+ yards per punt, you’ve got a young man that
realistically shouldn’t be surprised at all.
Covey was though, but you can imagine that he’s starting to warm
to the idea of playing for one of the top programs around. "It’s Nebraska."
Covey stated. "There’s not much more you need to say. When you hear their name,
that’s as big as it gets. They are the powerhouse football team of all football
High praise indeed and it would prompt thoughts from anyone that
hears that to think that the Huskers are an automatic as far as Covey committing
to NU. There’s no question that Covey likes what he sees and is looking for
Nebraska to be everything he wants, but like all young men that have such an
important decision to make in where they spend their entire college career, he
just has to be sure. "I want to go up and see how I get along with the coaches."
Covey stated. "I want to talk to them, see about everything and just see how I
feel around them."
Covey will have that opportunity as he heads up to Lincoln for
the second session of Summer camps at NU. The camp experience at Nebraska is
actually old-hate for Nick, this up-coming camp being his third total that he’s
attended at this University. It’s pretty obvious that this experience will be
different, but fans will want to know is if Covey will leave Lincoln a verbally
committed Husker. "That’s a possibility." Nick said. "That’s what I am going to
talk over with my parents before I head up to camp. I want to meet the coaches
and get a feel for everything, but if everything is like I hope, I’d have to say
there’s a chance."
Fans are usually pretty cautious about commitments this early in
the season. As has so often been seen from year to year, pledges this early
often take a different direction as their own season progresses or they are
being offered by others. With NU being his only offer, Covey concedes that
ideally he wouldn’t mind looking at all his potential options, but did say that
he’s hoping that whatever feeling he is looking for is exactly what he gets at
NU. "For a program like that, it would be great if everything was just the way I
wanted it to be." Covey stated. "You want to get along great with your coaches,
get along great with the players and everything is basically perfect. You don’t
know that though until you actually go there and see, because everything there
The two in-state schools, Arizona and Arizona State will
probably make a stab for Covey, especially now that Nebraska has offered him in
writing. While Arizona State doesn’t seem to have a great chance for the
in-state standout, Arizona is definitely a team that could end up in the mix.
Nick wasn’t willing to say that even if Arizona offered, they were going to be
side by side with Nebraska as to who he was looking at the most. "Really, for
me, I just want to meet the coaches at Nebraska." he said. "After that, I’ll be
able to look at things a lot better."
As you can gather, Covey would appear to be Nebraska’s to lose.
It would seem that if his camp goes well and the visits with the coaches go
well, Nick could be leaving Lincoln as Nebraska’s first commit. That wouldn’t
hurt Covey’s feelings one bit. "I’ve always known that Nebraska is a powerhouse
football program." he said. "They win a lot, put a lot of players into the NFL
and it’s a good school to go to for football. I can’t see why you wouldn’t want
to go there."
Nebraska’s second session is scheduled to go from June
15th to June 17th.
We should find out something about whether or not Covey is
indeed NU’s first commit shortly thereafter.
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