The University of Louisville football program has landed a major prospect.
Four-star safety C.J. Avery from Grenada, Miss., High School made his decision on Tuesday night, picking the Cardinals over Auburn, Mississippi and Mississippi State.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Avery is the third member of the Scout300 in the Class of 2017 for the Cardinals and he's the second-highest recruit in the class that now has 25 verbal commitments.
Avery checks in as the No. 228 player in the country and is the No. 1 safety in Mississippi and No. 22 safety in the country.
With over 15 total scholarship offers, Avery made official visits to Auburn and Clemson during the season and then made his official to U of L during the weekend of the Kentucky game. He then made a trip to Mississippi State the following weekend.
U of L coach Bobby Petrino and assistant coach Cort Dennison - the point man on his recruitment - did an in-home visit the night before Avery went to spend a few days preparing for last week's Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game.
Avery will participate in the Under Armour All-American game on Jan. 1 in Orlando.
Avery said after his visit there were "plenty of things" to like about Louisville.
"The city of Louisville and that program there," Avery said. "They are real genuine people there and I really liked it. It was my first time on a visit for game day and they really showed me a lot of love."
A recent Scout.com 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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