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BYU football recruiting: The dynamic Britain Covey commits to Utah; Gabe Reid chances slimming

The undefeated Timpview quarterback pledged to Utah over BYU on Tuesday.

BYU targets Gabe Reid (90) and Britain Covey (2)
BYU targets Gabe Reid (90) and Britain Covey (2)

Britain Covey, unofficially nicknamed (by me) the Diminutive Dynamo, has committed to Utah per several reports from reporters and recruiting sites.

Covey, generously listed at 5-foot-10, is a three-star recruit with a composite rating of 80.44 who won three state championships at Timpview High (UT), two as quarterback. He is expected to play wide receiver in college and serve a mission immediately after high school.

Watching Covey in person, he is a much smaller Taysom Hill. He's speedy, possesses a shifty and agile running style with high levels of escapability, and is difficult to peg or corral. He's a football Energizer Bunny. He jukes the jocks right off would-be tacklers and out-runs defenders who have good angles.

He could have found time as a key contributor in the screen game and in BYU's sweep action in the run game, as well as returning kicks. Even if all he did was return kicks, Covey would be worth the scholarship, in my opinion. He's that dynamic. It's a definite loss for BYU. Utah will likely use him as a slot receiver and returning kicks.

This decision may all but end BYU's shots at Covey's high school teammate, three-star defensive end Gabe Reid. With Covey pledged to the Utes, it seems likely Reid will end up at Stanford, where he was reportedly very happy with his visit just a couple weeks ago.

Covey took the reins as Timpview's quarterback in the third game of his junior season and posted a record of 26-0 behind center. But in the first two games of his junior year before he moved to quarterback, Covey returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (99 and 88 yards), and in the opener caught 6 passes for 192 yards and 3 touchdowns (38, 61, 63).

In the run game, Covey totaled 3,037 yards and 45 touchdowns on 312 carries (yes, that's 9.73 yards per carry). In his notorious performance against Mission Hills (CA), with a highlight reel that you can't believe is just one game, he ran the ball 20 times for 279 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Even though he won't play much quarterback in college, Covey was quite proficient in the pass game with career totals of 315-of-445 (70.8%) for 4,533 yards, 56 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

Here are the highlights of what BYU is missing: