Class of 2018
Position: Defensive Tackle
Top Offers: Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Texas A&M
Avery is a bull rushing defensive tackle who has enough technique to provide an actual pass rush from tight spaces between the center and the guard. Watch Avery’s film (posted below) and you’ll see an interesting athlete who looks all of his 6-foot-2 and 310 pounds at the snap but plays about 40 pounds lighter than that once he gets moving. He’s a unanimous four-star prospect, the kind who’s not going to crack many Top 100 lists but will make everybody’s Top 300. The Irish are look to upgrade their athleticism at defensive tackle and Avery would provide that.
“I’m trying to work on getting faster, work on my explosion, my get-off, that is one thing I’m really good at is my get-off and my strength, stuff like that I can always work on though. Working on how quickly I can shoot my hands, hand speed and footwork, all that other stuff.
“Conference really don’t make a difference. I could really play anywhere.” – Calvin Avery to Scout.com earlier this year
There isn’t much, but Avery plays at Bishop Dunne near Dallas. That’s a good place to start. The program is friendly to Notre Dame – athletically and academically – and sent Nick Watkins to South Bend a few cycles ago. The Irish have come after Dunne products who have ended up at Texas Tech, Arkansas and Nebraska in recent cycles. The Irish have already offered a couple top ’19 prospects from Bishop Dunne as well in four-star safety Brian Williams and unranked cornerback Marquez Beason. Williams is a national prospect with offers from USC, Texas and Oklahoma. If the Irish go hard after Avery, they’ll have some good connection to work around the program.
Two. The Irish already have a four-star on board in Jayson Ademilola and the New Jersey product has been solid to the Irish since his summer commitment. Notre Dame took three interior prospects last cycle and it’s curious that they’d overload again based on numbers. Myron Tagovailoa, Darnell Ewell and Kurt Hinish are varying levels of good. Avery falls into that group, but probably isn’t at Ewell’s level. Are the Irish expecting some kind of defensive tackle clear out in the next year? If so, taking a couple this cycle begins to make even more sense.
Jayson Ademilola (committed), P.J. Mustipher, Aeneas Hawkins, Tyreke Smith, Darnell Jefferies