"He has very good speed and is a good athlete, but needs to get a little weight on him," Richmond County head coach Paul Hoggard said. "But he plays the game hard, doesn't take plays off, and has a good motor… If he can get some weight on him – and I think he will because he's a big-frame kid – he could play defensive end in a four-man front and he's athletic enough to where he can play outside linebacker in a three-man front."
Covington has been a contributor at defensive end for Richmond County since his sophomore season. He earned All-Southeastern Conference honors as a junior.
With the recent additions of South Carolina and Tennessee, Covington is up to three scholarship offers. Prior to that, East Carolina had offered.
Besides the three schools that have offered, Covington is hearing from North Carolina and NC State.
"He's on a bunch of schools mailing lists," Hoggard said.
On the heels of receiving a scholarship offer from Tennessee, Covington attended the Volunteers' Junior Day. Before the end of spring, he aims to visit South Carolina.
"I like Tennessee, but I'm liking South Carolina more," Covington said. "For one, [South Carolina] is close to home. I feel like there's a better chance of me getting an education there, because of the academic support staff."
Covington is unsure when he'll be ready to make a verbal commitment.
Last summer, Covington camped at UNC and NC State.
"The North Carolina camp was great," Covington said. "The coaches that were there helped me a lot to improve on some things that helped me during my junior season."
Since the regime change at UNC, Covington has had a conversation with assistant coach Chris Kapilovic.
"He said he wants to look at more film on me and maybe get me back to camp," Covington said.
Covington plans to attend several camps this summer, but hasn't mapped out his schedule.
Former Tar Heel coaches Sam Pittman and Joe Robinson recruited Covington at UNC and are now recruiting him for their current schools – Tennessee and South Carolina respectfully.