Florida DL Avery has caught Muschamp's eye

The LSU coaching staff was all over the Sunshine State during the spring evaluation period checking out the state's top prospects. <br><br> Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is always looking to stockpile talent on defense and one player that has caught Muschamp's eye is Jimmy Avery (6-2, 250, 4.6).

"I went to LSU's junior day and coach Muschamp visited my school twice in the spring," said Avery. "He says to keep working hard and he wanted tape of my spring game. I like LSU and the way they bring in good players every year. Winning the national championship doesn't hurt either."

Avery spent the spring at Washington High School in Pensacola but the stay was short lived because he will play his senior year at Pine Forest.

He played middle linebacker and defensive end his junior season and finished with 130 tackles and 5 sacks.

"I have good instincts and a nose for the ball," Avery told Tiger Rag. "I'll probably play a little defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker this year."

College coaches love his talent because he can play anywhere on the line but he also has the speed and athleticism to play linebacker. Avery could easily gain 25-30 pounds and move to defensive tackle at the college level and if he could keep his speed then he would give offensive linemen fits.

"Coaches love the way I can play on the defensive line and linebacker so that gives me a little edge in recruiting," said Avery who benched 415 pounds and squats 600.

No offers have come his way yet but the schools showing the most interest are Auburn, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Clemson and Southern Miss.

Out of that elite group five schools have come to the forefront.

"I like Auburn and Florida the most because they call me the most," said Avery who has a 2.7 grade point average but needs a qualifying test score. "I also like LSU, Nebraska and North Carolina."

Avery attended Auburn and Florida's spring game and he saw enough to put those two ahead of the pack.

"I like the surroundings, the atmosphere and the school spirit," he said. "When I went down for the spring games their stadiums were full. I like how the fans support the teams."

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