Seffner (Fla.) Armwood strongside defensive end Allen Covington recently landed his first offer, from Colorado State. This past weekend, he took an official visit to check out the Rams.
"It was really great," Covington said.
Covington was welcomed onto campus by Steve Fairchild and his staff.
"When I first got up there I met all of the coaches and they showed me around the campus," Covington said.
After meeting with the coaches and touring the campus, he learned more about the academics offered by Colorado State and the way student-athletes are guided in their studies.
"They then sat me down with the head advisor of academics and she told me what I have to do to qualify and told me how the academics work there," Covington said. "She also talked about what program would best fit me as an incoming freshman."
Following that, Covington got to see the facilities at and near Hughes Stadium.
"After that I took a tour of the locker room and all the facilities," Covington said. "They were great."
Next up was watching the game. The hometeam fell short but the experience was a memorable one for Covington.
"When I saw them on the field, I saw the offense executing and some weaknesses in defense," Covington said. "It was a good game. They played a hard-fought game. It was a great game overall."
After watching the game, Covington understood the pitch he had heard from his prospective position coach was legitimate.
"I dealt with Coach (Todd) Stroud, the defensive line coach," Covington said. "He kept telling me that I could come in and make an early impact as a freshman in their program. He told me he really wants me to get up there."
The 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive lineman said that the visit was stellar and that the people in Fort Collins were extremely welcoming.
"I was surprised by the people there," Covington said. "They were really nice. The community is really into the program. It was real different from what I expected."
While the Rams are his only offer, Covington said that he did not consider a commitment while on the visit.
"Not really," Covington said when asked if he considered making a decision. "I am just waiting and talking it over with my parents."
Covington believes that Middle Tennessee and South Alabama are close to offering.
He wants to take additional official visits, but for the immediate future intends to just focus on Armwood's playoffs starting this Friday.