"6-1.5, 240 pounds and 4.75."
What are your strengths as a player?
"I would say my speed and my motor is always running."
Exactly how did your recruitment by State get started?
"Their coach (Jim Tompkins) saw me in the spring and got a tape from my coach later."
Did you go to Mississippi State's camp this past summer?
Did you go to any college football camps this past summer?
"I went to Auburn's, South Carolina's, the Nike Camp and Florida State's."
Coaches could start calling you September 1st. Do you remember, off the top of your head, what colleges have called you?
"Florida State, Central Florida, East Carolina, Troy State, Wake Forest, Middle Tennessee (State), Utah, Mississippi State.......there are a lot of them. I can't remember all of them."
What schools have you received scholarship offers from?
"Mississippi State, East Carolina, Central Florida, Troy State, Jacksonville State, Wake Forest and Middle Tennessee (State). Florida State is also recruiting me pretty hard."
When did you actually commit to Mississippi State?
"Last Saturday (Troy State game)."
Was that the first time you had visited Mississippi State?
"I came for Fan Day."
Why did you decide to go ahead and commit to Mississippi State?
"When I went there, I really liked it. I feel that I can fit into their defense. I like the coaches and I liked the environment. I met different guys on the team and everybody there loves it."
Why did you decide to commit so early in the recruiting process?
"I mainly didn't want to deal with everybody calling me."
What position is State recruiting you for?
"Florida State is recruiting me as a defensive tackle (laugh). They want to put the weight on me."
What position do you want to play in college?
"I want to play defensive end."
Do you plan on taking any official visits other than Mississippi State?
"Right now, just Mississippi State, but I'm not really sure."
Thanks for talking with me, Avery.
Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at email@example.com.