Scott Covert’s relationship with Iowa began when he was in eighth grade.
He wanted to participate in Iowa’s high school football camp, but he wasn’t quite in high school. Iowa coaches checked him out and decided he was big enough to handle himself.
“I kind of sneaked in there,” said Covert, a defensive end for the Lake Forest (Ill.) High School Scouts. “I was old enough and the coaches thought I was big enough, so I got a spot.”
Now Iowa coaches believe the 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive lineman is big enough for the really big boys.
Covert, son of former Pitt Panthers and Chicago Bears O-lineman Jimbo Covert, gave Iowa coaches a verbal commitment Saturday, picking the Hawkeyes over Pittsburgh.
Scott Covert has been a regular participant in Iowa’s camps since the eighth grade sneak. He also had a high comfort level with head coach Kirk Ferentz, who served as a grad assistant at Pitt in 1980 when Jimbo Covert was an all-American. Scott also said his relationship with Iowa offensive line coach Reese Morgan factored in.
“(Morgan) said he was surprised I’m coming in as a D-lineman,” Scott Covert said. “I spent some time at Iowa camps on the offensive line, but I was always going to be a defensive lineman.”
Covert said his dad wanted him to make his own decision on college. So, unlike his dad, Scott picked Iowa over Pitt. Also, Scott is a D-lineman.
“He doesn’t want me to feel like I have to fill his shoes,” Scott said. “He wants me to just fill my own shoes, be my own players.”
Lake Forest is very much in playoff contention in Illinois, with a 4-2 record. Scott has rotated between defensive tackle and D-end. He knows he’ll be one or the other in college.
The Hawkeyes now have seven commitments in the 2009 recruiting class. Covert joins Ohio running back Brad Rogers as Iowa’s only recruits from outside of the state.