Grenada, Miss., safety C.J. Avery has arrived at Louisville for his official visit; decision coming in a few weeks

Grenada, Miss., four-star safety C.J. Avery has arrived in Louisville for his official visit. Avery is set to make a decision on his future in mid-December and then will enroll at that school in January.

Grenada, Miss., four-star safety C.J. Avery is one of the top remaining targets on the board in the Class of 2017 for the University of Louisville football staff and he's making his official visit this weekend.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Avery arrived in Louisville on Friday morning and will be hosted by the staff until Sunday.

"I am so excited," Avery said before leaving home. "I can;t wait to get there and get with the players and try to find a bond with them.

"It's also going to give me a chance to talk to the whole coaching staff."

Avery is making his third official visit after also visiting Auburn and Clemson and has a visit scheduled for next weekend to Mississippi State. He said he's down to U of L, Auburn, Mississippi and Mississippi State and will make his decision on Dec. 14.

The No. 12 ranked safety in the South will enroll at the school he picks in January.

"It's a tough decision for me to make," Avery said. "But I will make my decision on Dec. 14."

Avery said Louisville's message so far has been pretty simple:

"They want me to come there and be the guy," Avery said. "I want to go somewhere that I can play right away and help out. Louisville says they need someone to come in and be the guy and they want me to be that guy."

A recent analysis calls Avery a "safety who likes to hit."

The evaluation also says: "Very instinctive defensive back who likes to strike the opponent, but also has the ball skills to turn the ball over. More of a striker than a tackler, so he can improve wrapping up and his tackling technique. Tracks the ball well in coverage. Not an elite cover guy in man-to-man situations, but he has good range. Smart player. Seems to be in the right place most of the time."

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