The Lexington (Ohio) cornerback traveled to various campuses with teammates, but only participate in Ann Arbor. In the end, that paid off as he earned the offer and on Saturday, committed to the Wolverines.
"Coach Rodriguez was excited," Avery said, "he said he was going to go home and give his wife a big hug."
Avery had been to campus several times and what he learned and saw on those trips made him want to be a Wolverine.
"They have a rich football tradition," he explained, "and 11 national championships. They also have great academics and Coach Rodriguez has won everywhere he has been."
Of course, the flip side of this was that Avery had to de-commit from Stanford, a move he says was beyond difficult.
"It was the toughest thing I've ever had to do," he admitted, "Coach Harbaugh was disappointed, but he understood."
Being closer to home was one of the factors in the switch.
"It was not the deciding factor, but my parents and I discussed not being that far away from home and I have family in Detroit."
A 3.9 student, he says he is planning to become an orthopedic surgeon after school.
While he had previously stated that he would take all five official visits, Avery says that is no longer the plan and Michigan will be his lone visit in the fall.
His focus now will be on his senior season. He is joined in the defensive backfield by another fine prospect, saftey Shaquille Jefferson, whose strong performance at the Michigan camp has Avery thinking there is a chance they will continue to play together beyond Lexington.
"They're looking at him, so it would be great to have us both up there."