"We loved it"

Those were the words spoken by Courtney Avery's father after the visit they had at Michigan. Mr. Avery tells us just what he enjoyed about his visit to Michigan.

    "I really enjoyed how they had everything organized," Mr. Avery told GoBlueWolverine about the visit this past weekend of he and his son, Michigan commit Courtney Avery.

  Mr. Avery had a chance to share and talk with other recruits and their parents as well. "This weekend we were with Austin White's family, Ricardo Miller's mom, Christian Pace and Johnathan Hankins' family. They are all good people."

  There was a message that he had for Hankins: "I sure hope we (Michigan) get that Johnathan Hankins kid."

  The atmosphere really impressed the Averys.

  "We really liked how the coaches, their wives and kids as well as the recruits and their families spent time with each other," Mr. Avery said. "It really showed a big family and the togetherness that they promote up there."

  Things started last Tuesday with the in-home visit with Coach Tall. "He came in and we had a nice visit," Mr. Avery said. "Coach Tall talked about the school and the team. We even talked a little basketball."

  The Averys made it to campus on Friday and then on Saturday met with Defensive Coordinator Greg Robinson.

  "Coach Robinson talked with us at breakfast about Courtney and how impressed he was with him as an athlete. Also they want him to be ready when he comes in because it is important that he is ready right away to compete for a position."

  The Michigan staff appears to have made an impression with the Averys ... but what about Coach Rodriguez the head man at Michigan?

  "Well from Day One I have always liked Coach Rodriguez. He is a hard-hat/lunch-pail kind of guy. He is personable, well rounded and concerned about his kids on and off the field."

  Having spoken with the Averys from time to time, and have noted that academics is very important to them and that they liked what Michigan offered in that area.

  "Shari Acho (academic advisor) was great. She is a lady that really enjoys what she does. She laid out what his freshmen year would be like starting in June when he comes up to Michigan."

  Another big plus for the family was having the opportunity to talk about the direction there son is headed with his major.

  "Courtney is going to major in Pre-Med. They introduced us to a doctor who played, and he told us that Courtney could do both academics and athletics. We have spoken with other schools and they tried to discourage him but it is possible; the doctor said it is very manageable. Courtney will just have to sacrifice some things but it can be done. What he told us was very valuable in helping our son achieve his best. He wants to be an orthopedic surgeon."

  We will have more on Courtney and his thoughts about his visit tomorrow.

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