No Wish List, But Plenty Of Interest

A standout Georgia quarterback prospect grew up cheering for Auburn's basketball team.

Atlanta, Ga.--McNair High School is off to a 3-0 start in the early stretch of the 2001 high school football season and its versatile quarterback Maurice Avery is a major reason why.

In a game against its arch-rival Cedar Grove, Avery led the Mustangs to a thrilling come-from-behind victory. He directed his team to 34 second-half points as they rallied from a 6-0 deficit at the half to win 34-21. In the second half, he threw two touchdown passes and ran for two. The Mustangs also have victories over St. Pius and North Atlanta this season.

The signal caller, who runs a 4.5 40, says he is averaging close to 200 passing yards a game and rushing for another 50 per outing. He has thrown six touchdown passes and has run for four others. His elusiveness and ability to make a play when things break down are what he considers to be his strengths as a quarterback.

QB Maurice Avery

The six-foot-one, 190-pounder is on many colleges' wish lists, but Avery told Inside the Auburn Tigers he has no early favorites. Teams that are showing the most interest include Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Avery, who is also a standout basketball player for McNair, says his two favorite collegiate teams growing up were Auburn and North Carolina. It wasn't Auburn football that attracted him to the Tigers though. "I liked Auburn because of Chris Porter," Avery says. "I used to watch him play." Porter was a high-flying forward for the Tigers on the ‘98 and ‘99 teams.

No schools are recruiting Avery in basketball and he says he doesn't have a favorite between the two sports. "I just play them as they come," he adds. Avery does admit that his future is in football.

Greg Knox is the recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach for the Tigers and he has been the one keeping in contact with Avery for Auburn. Avery says Knox is straight-forward and that he likes the Tigers "because of the opportunity to come in and play early."

Auburn will likely have just two quarterbacks on its roster next season with backups Daniel Cobb and Jacob Allen graduating. However, Cobb may return for another season if he applies for and is granted a special sixth year of eligibility due to major medical hardships.

Avery says his Mustangs are capable of winning the Georgia Class AAAA state championship. The Atlanta-based school is not ranked in any of the state polls right now, but if it's up to Avery it won't be long before McNair starts getting more respect.

The quarterback has yet to set up any official visits, but says he has plans to attend some college football games on unofficial trips during the season. Avery, who has yet to set foot on the Auburn campus, says a trip to see the Tigers play is definitely in his plans but has not set a specific date to see a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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