4-Star JC Waits On UK

2008 Kentucky Wildcat football recruiting update from Kentucky Sports Report.

Marquis Avery Profile

Judging from the options of some of the top receivers in the country - be it high school or junior college - no position is wanted more from big time colleges than wide receiver.

That's allowed many top wide receiver prospects to hold many colleges in limbo and those on the outside looking in, to wait in a holding pattern for their decisions.

A perfect example is Marquis Avery from Fullerton (Ca.) Community College, an athletically talented and intelligent receiver on the outside looking in.

"Pretty much, in early mid-December," Avery retorted, "I went on a visit to Akron and left their campus pretty much confident in the program and that I was going there. I came back from the trip and my coach told me to just wait it out for a little while and see what happens. I didn't end up signing with them, but I am still interested in them."

"The following weekend, I went to Stoneybrook, which is a 1-AA school in New York," Avery continued. "I had a great visit, but I was still just playing it patient."

With that in mind, colleges are positioning themselves for a possible late signing from the 6-foot-4, 190 pound wideout. He's got a visit set up this weekend to San Jose State and as many as five other schools are jockeying for position.

"I'm about to check that out," Avery said of San Jose State. "Right now, I'm also talking to Colorado State and Kentucky about setting up another visit."

So where does Avery stand, right now?

"Out of all the schools that I've visited it's probably Akron," Avery said. "Out of all the schools that I haven't visited, I would to go to Kentucky. Most of my family is from the south - North Carolina and Tennessee, that area - and I'd love to play in the SEC. That'd be the ultimate."

But the idea of playing out west has not escaped Avery's mind. Marquis' mother, who has not missed a game since his Pop Warner days is currently located out west and the chance to stay close to her could win out.

"My whole recruiting process has been a waiting game," Avery said. "A lot of schools, like Kentucky and Oregon, have given out or offered scholarships. If the player they want doesn't come, they said they will come after me, so it's basically just a waiting game. That's why I'll decide on signing day in February. Hopefully things pan out by then."

One thing is clear that whoever lands the talented Fullerton (Ca.) native is landing not only one of the most gifted junior college players in the country, but also one of the most eagar. Avery, like former Kentucky Wildcat Keenan Burton, has enthusiasm that is contageous.

"I'm an aggressive player," Avery said. "A lot of people say I've got a great passion for the game, that I play like it's my last play every play. I feel like I've got great precision."

"I love attacking the ball," the talented possession receiver said. "If the ball is in the air, 99.9 percent of the time, it's not gonna get intercepted. If I can't catch it, nobody can. Biggest strength is my passion for the game."

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