BALTIMORE, Md. – West Philadelphia Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) senior safety/corner Dajone Averett emerged on the radar back in April at a 7-on-7 event at Wise High School (Upper Marlboro, Md.), and he once again turned heads June 6 at a satellite camp at Patterson Park’s UTZ Field in Baltimore. Not only does Averett have imposing size at 6-feet-3, 195-pounds, but he runs well and displays solid ball skills too.
“I won every one-on-one drill I did out there, so it was a good day for me,” said Averett, who currently claims offers from Temple, UMass, Army, Villanova, Purdue and Monmouth. “And afterwards pretty much every coach there complimented me. They liked what they saw today, gave me their cards and told me to stay in touch. Maryland, Michigan, Wake Forest, Syracuse – all of them liked what I did out there.”
Of the four schools Averett mentioned, he said coaches from UMD and Wake have shown the most interest. The Philly product said he’s been in touch with Maryland defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim since the beginning of the spring evaluation period.
“Coach Aazaar, he liked what he saw [June 6], and he likes my size, my athleticism and my ability to move. He likes me as both a corner and a safety,” Averett said. “But we’ve actually been talking for more than a month now. My 7-on-7 coach introduced me to him, and it’s gone from there. We have a pretty good relationship, and I think Coach Aazaar is a cool guy.”
Averett has actually been to College Park, Md., before. Back in April, following the Wise 7-on-7, he trekked over to UMD with his teammates.
“It was a real nice visit. We saw the facilities and I liked them,” Averett said. “All the upgrades they’re doing there were nice, and the campus was nice too. That’s a school I definitely want to get back to, for a visit or a camp. That would definitely be a big offer to get for me. I’d have a lot of interest in them [if the offer came].”
Besides UMD, Averett said he’s hoping to see Winston Salem, N.C., soon. He said the Deacons’ staff could be close to anteing up.
“The Wake coaches have been on me for a good bit now,” Averett said. “They said they need five DBs this year and how I could come in and make an immediate impact. So that’s a school I definitely want to check out.”
Some other programs Averett’s hoping to catch the eye of include West Virginia and Penn State. He said he’s been talking to a WVU assistant and is thinking about camping in Morgantown, W.Va., to see if he can cull out a look. Averett has not had contact with the PSU staff, however, although he’s considering attending a Nittany Lions one-day anyway since it’s an offer he covets.
Of his current offers, Averett said he has no standouts. That said, he did enjoy his visit to Temple, whose coaches have remained in contact.
“Temple was nice and I liked it there,” Averett said. “I like that it’s close to home and my family and friends can see me play.”
Averett said he could commit this summer if the right offer materialized. However, he’s inclined to play our his senior year and gauge what schools show interest after his senior film is evaluated.
“I’m really not in a rush,” Averett said. “I just want to see what happens the rest of this summer, and then I’ll know more. I want to take officials, but we’ll see.”