'Cats Chasing Juco OT

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Avery Gennesy had five D-1 offers as a high school senior playing at Southaven (Miss.) High School, just south of Memphis, in the class of 2012. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive tackle went the JuCo route landing at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss. In the past two years at the school, he's added 30 pounds to his frame and grown a couple of inches.

Currently, he lists a total of 9 D-1 offers to his credit. Gennesy spoke to KStateFans.com on the Wildcats offer and where he stands on the recruiting front.

"It was earlier in the spring when I heard from Kansas State," said Gennesy. "I talked with Coach Dickey, the o-line coach. He liked most everything about my game. He was impressed with my speed and how well I move for a big man. They like me to come in a take over at left tackle.

"Kansas State has a good program from everything I've heard about them. I think it would be a good place for me to go and develop my game with Coach Dickey. We talk fairly often, but I haven't had a chance to take any visits. I get five official visits so I'm looking at each school and trying to figure out the ones I want to go to the most. For right now, I'm open and looking at everybody."

At EMCC, Gennesy was the starting left tackle for the Lions helping Buddy Stephens' team go 8-2 on the 2012 season. He said he's grown quite a bit since his days at Southaven.

"I've learn so much here," he said. "I feel like I've matured much more as a person and as a football player. I'm very thankful for the opportunity I've had here. I think I've improved in every aspect of my game from reading defenses, to coming off the ball hard, and definitely on my run blocking."

In addition to K-State, Gennesy has offers from schools like Baylor, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State, and Oklahoma State. His offers in 2012 included Arkansas State, Florida International, Memphis, Southern Miss, and UAB.

"I'm grateful for all of my offers," Gennesy said. "I want to take my time and make the right decision. That's why I want to be able to take all of my visits. I want to find the place that feels most like home. I want to go into a program where I know I can contribute and help the team win. My goal is to graduate with a degree and make it to the next level."

For his performance in 2012, Gennesy was named MACJC second team All-State. He wears No. 65 for the Lions.

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