Atlanta Quarterback Maurice Avery

Here is a name you probably want to remember as signing day approaches: Maurice Avery. Avery, from McNair High School in Atlanta, GA is another one of those athletic quarterbacks that can beat you with his arm or his legs. We've got the latest scoop on one of the more promising quarterback prospects in the southeast.

Last season, Maurice Avery (6'2,181,4.5) completed 52% of his passes for over 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for another 800. He was also chosen as the offensive player of the year for Dekalb county, a region that is widely considered to be a hotbed of athletic talent. This season, its been more of the same for this rising superstar. Here's an example of a typical day at the office for Avery: In a 28-10 win over St. Pius, Avery completed 15 of 26 passes for 222 yards and two TDs. He also ran for 53 yards on six carries and had three punts for 118 yards, a 39.3 yard average.

Maurice is also a standout basketball player for McNair High, so you could definitely say that he's a multi-talented athlete.

In terms of the schools Avery would most likely want to attend, he's indicated on numerous occasions that he wants to stay close to his home in Atlanta.

"Right now, I like Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, Auburn, North Carolina and Georgia Tech," said Avery. "I will try and set up my visits after the season," Maurice told Jamie Newberg in a recent interview.

According to Avery, Louisville, Memphis and Arkansas have offered him a scholarship. The Razorbacks have also been recruiting one of Avery's teammates, wide receiver Corey Putmon.

A lot of football fans in the Atlanta area have compared Avery to former Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick, who was the first player chosen in the last NFL Draft this year. Avery scoffs at those comparisons and prefers to be known as Maurice Avery instead of Vick.

"I'm my own player," Avery said. "I like it best when I have to scramble and make something happen with my athletic ability," said Avery in an interview this summer.

If you'd like to compare him to some of the other quarterbacks currently considering the Tigers, Avery is ranked as the #13 athletic quarterback in the country by recruiting expert Max Emfinger. James Banks is #2, and Marcus Vick is #5.

The talent is there, make no mistake about it. He's got a strong arm with great accuracy, and he's got the moves of a lightning-fast tailback. With 4.5 speed, you can bet he can consistently avoid a serious pass rush and escape down field for big chunks of yardage.

Remind you of anybody currently playing quarterback for the Tigers?

We will continue to keep you updated on Maurice Avery as the season winds down.

We'd like to give special thanks to Jamie Newberg over at BorderWars for use of the nice image of Maurice Avery. Top Stories