Grenada, Miss.--One of the top safety prospects in the country, four-star C.J. Avery took an extended official visit to check out the Auburn Tigers over the weekend and left with a very good perspective on Coach Gus Malzahn’s program.
Spending a great deal of time with Auburn DB Coach Wesley McGriff and learning more about the university, Avery said everything about the trip went well for him and his mom and that included a wild win over LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"It was nice," Avery said. "I came and saw what I expected.
"It was wild," he added about the win over LSU. "The crowd, once they found out that Auburn won, it was wild. The stadium was crazy. The atmosphere was great."
With in-state schools Mississippi State and Ole Miss considered two of the teams to beat at the moment and Louisville also in the mix with Clemson, Avery said the Auburn visit put the Tigers very much in the picture with him.
"Auburn is just as high as my top schools," Avery said. "Auburn made its way to getting in my top three."
Hosted on his visit by Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis, Avery said one of the things that stood out to him was the play of the defensive backs under the leadership of McGriff. A veteran coach with NFL experience, McGriff has done a good job with the Tigers so far and Avery said you could see that when watching them play.
"My relationship with Coach McGriff is great, and that is very important because he’s the guy I’d be seeing everyday," Avery said. "He’s the one that makes the calls for the DBs.
"The defense played great," he added of Auburn. "Everybody on the defense played with a lot of passion. You want to play with guys that are passionate about what they do."
Having already visited Cal last recently for their win over Texas, Avery said he hopes to visit both Clemson and Louisville in the coming weeks.