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January 22, 2012Seffner, Florida defensive lineman Allen Covington committed to Toledo during an official visit to the school this weekend. The 6-2, 265 pound three star prospect chose Toledo over offers from Akron, Colorado State and Florida Atlantic. He also received heavy interest from Illinois.
Covington is one of four commitments that Toledo received from official visitors over the weekend. Joining Covington in committing to Toledo were wide receiver Corey Jones, safety Chaz Whittaker, and defensive tackle Orion Jones.
TheRocketNation caught up with Covington this evening to get more on his official visit and commitment to Toledo.
Toledo defensive end TJ Fatinikun was Covington's player host during the visit.
"We hung out with the players and toured the city," Covington said.
That tour of the city was a little more difficult than normal because Toledo received about 5 inches of snow on Friday, the first day of his visit. The snow did not affect the Florida native's impressions though.
"Oh, it (snow) was awesome, great scenery. I have some family from Maryland so I'm used to it."
In fact the snow may have played a role in Covington's decision. Allen said he knew he wanted to commit to Toledo as soon as he set foot on campus, and the scenery with a coat of snow on campus certainly did not hurt his first impression.
When asked what his main reasons for choosing Toledo over offers from Akron, Colorado State and FAU, Covington quickly replied. "I can come in and play early, and (Toledo) is where I feel like we're going to win championships at," said Covington.
Winning championships is something that Covington is familiar with. His Armwood High School team went 15-0 in 2011, on their way to winning the Florida Class 6A State Championship by defeating Miami Central High School 40-31 in the state championship game.
Covington recorded an astonishing 93 tackles with 11 sacks and five pass deflections. He also forced two fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown.
The interesting part of this is that he played most of his junior season on the offensive side of the ball. In 2010 he played tight end for Tampa Tech, but transferred to Armwood for his senior season and began playing the defensive end position.
Covington was recruited to Toledo by assistant coaches Jason Candle and Eli Rasheed. He is projected to play defensive tackle at Toledo.
The visit to Toledo this weekend was Allen's first chance to see Toledo head coach Matt Campbell in person.
"He's awesome," Covington said of Campbell. He added, "He's young and can relate to a lot of players."
Allen Covington is verbally committed to Toledo and is expected to sign his national letter of intent with Toledo next Wednesday, February 1st. That is the first day that high school seniors can sign national letters of intent with Division I schools.