Big Dawg: C.J. Avery

C.J. Avery is one of Mississippi's top junior football players. The talented safety has a trio of SEC Western division offers in hand as he prepares for the 2015 football season. On Friday, Avery was in Starkville for Mississippi State's annual Big Dawg camp.

"It was a good camp overall," Avery said. "I had the chance to get some reps against the best of the best from Mississippi."

Avery is considered one of the top prospects for the 2017 signing class. His recent rise to a four star prospect in the eyes of scout should come as no surprise.

"That made me feel really good," Avery said of his ranking. "All of that gives me a lot of confidence. I am just going to keep working, because my hard work is starting to pay off."

Mississippi State was the first school to extend an offer to the talented Avery. Since that time, the talented junior has begun to build a relationship with the Mississippi State staff.

"I feel like I can trust them more," Avery said of the Bulldog coaches. "They were the first ones to offer me, so I know they were the first ones to really believe in me. They were the first to see my talents and the first to give me a chance.

"It makes me feel good that an SEC school was the first school to offer me. It just tells me that I can fit in with this type of play."

Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss have all extended early offer. While Avery will keep an eye on those schools this fall, his focus is mainly on Grenada High School football.

"I feel like we have the chance to have a really good team this year," Avery said. "I think we're going to be a lot better on defense this year. Our offense has some good players too, but I feel like we can win some games on defense this year."

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