CB Averett Talks Alabama Commitment

Woodbury (N.J.) High cornerback Anthony Averett wanted to see Alabama, so he traveled there this weekend. He is leaving as a member of the Crimson Tide's 2013 class after committing to coach Nick Saban. Averett then spoke to Scout.com about his decision.

Two months ago Woodbury (N.J.) High cornerback Anthony Averett's lone offer was from Temple, and he was wondering when others might come his way.

Now, he's 10 months away from signing a national letter of intent to play at Alabama after giving coach Nick Saban a non-binding oral commitment during an unofficial visit to campus Saturday.

"As soon as I got down here, I just fell in love with everybody, all the coaching staff, the academic department," Averett said. "I got a tour of everything. It's crazy. I just fell in love. Every part of the facilities, the academic part …just everything is great."

Averett's recruitment exploded after the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder won the Eastern Sports Championships in the 55 meters (6.46 seconds).

Averett named Alabama his leader last month, and after arriving on campus and meeting with the coaching staff, touring the campus and learning about the academics at the school, it became clear he wanted to end his recruitment.

But it was what Alabama saw in him that made the biggest impression.

"They see that I'm a competitor," Averett said. "They see I don't really like to lose and that I'll play anywhere and it doesn't matter. They see I have good character. They see other things than just football. And they showed a lot of love."

One thing Averett will have to adjust to is going from a Group I school (New Jersey's smallest classification) to playing for the best in the SEC, although he is not fretting the transition.

"It's different," Averett said. "From a small school like where I'm at now to going to Alabama, it's a big thing. It's a new thing to me. It's weird."

The final piece for Averett was his meeting with Saban.

"He's like a God down here." Averett said. "He talked to me about academics and becoming a better person down here, and about life after football because football doesn't last forever. Everything is true about what he said, and he's a good guy. I like him."

During the meeting, Averett offered his commitment to Saban.

"He gave me a handshake, a hug, said he appreciated it and he wants to teach me how to play some cornerback," Averett said. "I'm probably going to go out to dinner with my family to celebrate."

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