C.J. Avery (Photo by Chad Simmons)

Grenada All-American safety may have taken his final official trip.

Mississippi State was the first school to extend a scholarship offer to Grenda star C.J. Avery. When signing day comes and goes, the Bulldogs may also be the program Avery visits last. This past weekend, the All-American safety spent a couple of days on campus getting the behind the scenes tour of the Mississippi State campus.

"I had a really good visit," C.J. Avery said. "It was really a positive experience. I got to spend more time with all of the players and coaches. We spent a lot of time talking about everything, we got to see everything in the athletic department and we ate real good."

Avery, a frequent visitor to the Mississippi State campus, reports that this weekend's official visit for he and his family was a little different than the game day experiences has had over the course of the last few months.

"The best thing about the trip was getting to spend more time with the players and coaches," Avery said. "I just enjoyed being around everybody and getting to know everybody better. I had a good time on the visit and a good time getting to see everything.

"Coach (Dan) Mullen had already come to my house earlier in the week, so I already had my questions answered. He told me before I left that they really wanted me up there and that they would love to have me as part of the Bulldog family."

The Bulldog player showing Avery the lay of the Maroon  land was sophomore safety Brandon Bryant. Avery had spent some time with the talented Bryant before, but this weekend the pair got down to the brass tacks of the Mississippi State football experience.

"I had a great time with Brandon," Avery said "He told me about what to expect if I come here and he told me about how hard they work. He said that you have to come in ready to work and that is the kind of program I want to be a part of.

"I have known Brandon for a while now. He's already like my brother."

Speaking of brothers, Avery will have the chance to unite with his fellow Mississippians this next week as the practice sessions for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game. The Magnolia Staters won the contest last year, so the 2016 'Sip Squad is looking to build on the success from a season ago.

"It is going to be a lot of fun, but I think everybody is putting pressure on themselves to get another win," Avery said. "I know I want to get another win in our year. I think we have some real savages playing on this team. I think we have a great team and a great chance to get a win."

With the All-Star game taking place on Saturday and Avery's announcement set for December 14th, there is not a lot of time left for college programs to make a move. There was talk of a possible late visit to Ole Miss, but as of now those prospects appear to be fading.

"I think I am probably done taking visits," Avery said. "I am just going to take some time now and get ready to make my decision. I still have my same top four. I just have to make my decision now and go to the place that fits me the best."


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