Today, after a little bit of recruiting drama earlier in the year, the Huskies were able to sign 4-star defensive back Jacobe Covington from Saguaro HS, AZ.
After officially visiting UW earlier this summer Covington announced his commitment to UW over offers from USC, ASU, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma. However after some personal events in his life Covington backed off his commitment for a while before re-committing to UW this past weekend.
Listed at around 6’1” and 195 pounds, Covington has said the Husky coaches are projecting him as a nickel back or safety in their defense and when you watch him play you can see why. Covington flies around the field and is able to lay the lumber on the field. This season, according to Maxpreps, Covington has 30 tackles, 3 sacks and an interception on a loaded Saguaro team. 247sports has Covington rated as the 213th best player and 16th best corner in the country. In landing Covington they continued their pipeline into Saguaro HS after previously landing Byron Murphy in the 2016 class.
Barring early NFL departures by Elijah Molden or Keith Taylor it looks like the Husky secondary will be mostly intact next year with Asa Turner stepping in for Myles Bryant at safety. But Covington has the talent to challenge at that position and if the coaching staff decides to deploy him at nickel corner instead then he will have a great shot at succeeding Elijah Molden after his senior season. It would not be a surprise if Covington followed in Byron’s footsteps and redshirted before putting in two stellar seasons and heading off to the NFL.