2016 Intro: Avery McCall
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2016 Intro: Avery McCall

Most high freshman football player are on their school's junior varsity squad. However, quarterback Avery McCall played on the varsity team as a ninth grader. He also helped lead Dillon (S.C) to a state championship.

Avery McCall established himself as one of the top 2016 college football prospects in South Carolina this fall.

Despite all his success, he did not expect everything to happen so quickly.

"When I got to high school, I knew I was going to have a chance to play quarterback," McCall said. "But I didn't know I was going to have a chance to be the starting quarterback as a freshman and win a state championship. I have to thank my teammates for all the help they gave me."

Making the move to varsity football from the middle school level was obviously a big adjustment, but McCall felt like he handled it well.

"It was a big change," he said. "People are stronger, they hit harder, and it's faster."

"I think I did well, but I can't let it go to my head. I just have to stay humble and get better each year."

His play did not go unnoticed and he already has two scholarship offers. He has also heard from a couple other schools.

"I have offers from East Carolina and South Carolina," he said. "I got them both about a week after the state (championship) game."

"I've also heard from Georgia and Penn State."

The freshman was not expecting the scholarship offers.

"I was surprised because I'm only in the ninth grade," said the 5-foot-11, 175-pound McCall "When my coach told me, I was excited to get both of the offers because both are Division l schools."

McCall has not visited East Carolina, but he has been to South Carolina on multiple occasions.

"I went to some games at South Carolina during the season, and I also went to one of their bowl practices last week," he said.

"I like the whole program – I like the environment. I also like the fans and they also have good coaches."

McCall also hopes to hear from other schools.

"I would like to hear from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Alabama," he said.

Over the next several months, McCall will be working hard to get better for next season.

"I've got to get bigger and stronger," McCall said. "I also need to work on my footwork."

"I'm going to go to some camps this summer. I'm not sure what camps I'll go to, but the camps will help me get better."

Going into next season, the freshman will look to build off his success from this fall.

"My goal next year is to be a better quarterback than I was last year," he said. "I also want to win another state championship."

In five starts, McCall threw for 1,162 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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