Chad Simmons

Cardinals safety commit continued to hear from schools after making his decision earlier this month

Scout.com four-star safety C.J. Avery committed to Louisville on Dec. 14

One of the Louisville's highest-rated recruits has let it be known that he's locking down his recruiting process.

Despite making his commitment to the Cardinals on Dec. 14, Scout.com four-star safety continued to draw interest from other programs across the country.  While in the middle of dead period in the recruiting calendar, a few schools continued to find ways to reach the talented prospect in an effort to lure him away from U of L.

On Thursday, Avery turned to Twitter to let his intentions known, stating, "I am shutting down my recruitment.  100% committed to the Louisville Cardinals."

Avery committed to Louisville over scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and others.  The product of Grenada, Miss., made official visits with the two SEC Mississippi programs, along with Auburn and Clemson, before checking out Louisville in late November.

A Mississippi All-State selection, Avery is rated as the nation's No. 22 safety by Scout.com and is the No. 228 overall prospect in his class.

His Scout evaluation reports that the 6-foot-1,  200-pound athlete is "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."

Avery will play in the Under Armour All-American game on Jan. 1.

http://www.scout.com/player/196072-c-j-avery


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