USC's plan to add more pass rushers to the 2015 recruiting class includes bringing in former Shrine Bowl DE Devante Covington (6-3 230) of Georgia Military JC.
Covington hasn't been talked about much in relation to the Gamecocks' 2015 class, but his coach confirmed Tuesday that the Gamecocks still want him and his commitment remains firm.
"All my conversations have been they want him and he's on track to graduate in May and that's where he wants to be," said coach Bert Williams. "I don't know anything different. They were always engaged with him. There wasn't any question they were always interested in bringing him back in. He did require a little more work than some. Back in December I talked with Joe Robinson. He just wanted to make sure his grades are on track and all that kind of stuff. He's on track for May. He was never going to be a mid-year guy. He's done what he needs to do to stay on track. His GPA is good and he's got his courses in order, he's just got to do the job."
Covington first signed with USC in 2013 out of Richmond County High School in Rockingham, NC. He played for the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team along with teammate and current Clemson offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder. Covington also had offers from Clemson, Tennessee, East Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech while in high school.
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This season Covington had 39 tackles with 14 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.
"He's an impact guy, a big play guy coming off the edge," his coach said. "Very quick and get off. Deceptive power because he looks like a long, lean guy but he has an explosive punch when he engages and catches a lot of guys off guard. He just has a knack for making big plays and has a great motor to go along with that speed and burst. They are getting a guy that can make some big plays for them on defense."
With the loss of Arden Key's pledge on Tuesday, Covington's commitment gives the Gamecocks 27 for the 2015 class, including 4 defensive ends.