Montgomery, Ala.--Getting ready to face Alabama for Team Mississippi on Saturday at Cramton Bowl, four-star safety C.J. Avery is keeping close tabs on the recruiting process as well with his announcement coming on Dec. 14.
With four teams in the mix for the talented defensive back, Avery said at the moment two schools stand out to him as he prepares for a week in Montgomery and an all-star game experience.
Those two schools are Auburn and Louisville with in-state Mississippi State and Ole Miss currently behind the Tigers and Cardinals.
“Just the people there, those are some of the best fans in the country,” Avery said of Auburn. “They treated me well on my official. Coach (Gus) Malzahn is doing a great job right now. That’s probably just what I like best about Auburn
“Louisville, it’s the same thing, they have some of the best fans in the country,” he added. “Then I have a great chance of getting on the field early with the way their safeties are playing right now.”
Even though he’s got Auburn and Louisville in front, Avery said he’s definitely not ruling out the two in-state schools with both keeping close tabs on him and recruiting him very hard.
“They could get back in it,” Avery said. “I’ve been talking with Coach (Hugh) Freeze and Coach (Dan) Mullen a lot.”
Something that is big for Auburn’s chances is having Wesley McGriff on the staff coaching defensive backs. With a long relationship with Avery’s family, that’s definitely a big feather in the Tigers’ cap at the moment.
“That’s real big because you would have a guy you trust,” Avery said. “Him coaching my dad, that’s something big for me. That’s a great relationship.”
With Auburn’s improvement on defense and the play of the secondary, Avery said he’s watched the Tigers closely this year. In particular he said the way the safeties have been playing has him believing he could fit in well on the Plains.
“That’s a big factor because you want to get in your freshman year and try to play as quick as you can,” Avery said. “I think I fit in well in Auburn’s defense. Just watching Tray Matthews and the way he plays his game, that’s the way I see myself playing in that defense.”
With plans to enroll early, Avery will announce his decision at 5:30 p.m. central time on Dec. 14.