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Grenada standout plans to announce his decision next Wednesday.

All-Star week began with a little bit of controversy as it was reported Grenada High (MS) safety had eliminated both home state programs, Mississippi State and Ole Miss from consideration. Avery quickly disputed that report and insisted that both the Bulldogs and Rebels remained in the hunt for his services.

With that bit of confusion behind him, C.J. Avery has done his best to focus on the event at hand, All-Star week. Avery is one of several talented defenders looking to lead their home state team to a victory against the All-Stars of Alabama.

"It's been good to be able to get away from the recruiting for a little while and just play football," Avery shared. "It's fun. There are a whole bunch of good people out here. We are out here playing everyday and getting each other better."

One of the strengths of the in state crop of talent this year has been the defensive backfield. The Magnolia State secondary has proven to be strong this week in Montgomery as the team prepares for their Saturday match-up with Alabama.

"I fee like the secondary is doing good," Avery said. "Me, Kam White and SchDarren (Archie) all played on the Mississippi Grind together this summer, so we have a little chemistry together. The couple of guys that didn't play with us have come in and worked hard with us. We're all catching on well."

Avery, unlike most of his high school peers, will announce his college decision on Wednesday, December 14th. Four schools remain in contention as Avery makes his final deliberations.

"I still have the same final four," Avery said. "I think I will make my decision after this weekend after all of this Mississippi/Alabama All-Star stuff is over. Once I get home and talk about things with my family, I will be ready to make my decision. I am just trying to enjoy everything right now."

With a solid list of finalists that include Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, Avery admits that he still has a few things to work through before being totally confident in his decision. Some of the things that matter most to the All-American safety involve getting him on to the next level after college.

"It's all about development," Avery said. "I am trying to get to my ultimate goal and that's playing in the NFL, so I am going to the school that I feel can help me get there."

While Avery starred on both sides of the ball at GHS this fall, the scout national 300 member projects as a safety on the college level. This fall, Avery had a hand in 61 total tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. 

This weekend's All-Star event is the first of two for the talented Avery. The four star defensive back has been selected to take part in the Under Armour All-American game that will take place Orlando January 1st.


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