Courtney Avery Receiving Buckeye Interest

Lexington star junior athlete Courtney Avery is starting to draw the attention of college recruiters. Avery, who stars on both sides of the ball at Lexington, had a great summer combine tour, and that ability has carried over to the field as he has led his team to nine straight wins. Bill Greene has more on this exciting prospect.

Lexington junior Courtney Avery lit up last summer's combine tour, highlighted by a spectacular showing at the Scout/Pittsburgh camp where he made the All-Combine team.

Avery, a starter since his freshman season, has continued to show his ability this season by leading Lexington to a 9-0 record, and a state ranking. Avery, 5-foot-10 and 165-pounds, starts at quarterback and at defensive back for the Minutemen. At quarterback he has completed 110 out of 144 passes for 2,013 yards, and has thrown 21 touchdowns. He has thrown only one interception. From his cornerback spot, Avery has only allowed three completions, and has ten pass defections.

"I'm doing really well this year," Avery stated. "I'm being counted on to be more of a leader this year, because it's my third year as a starter. We have a great team, and we're looking forward to going far in the playoffs. I'm playing defensive back for the first time, and I enjoy covering the best player on the opposing team. I did well all summer playing defense in the camps, so it's pretty good to be out there going both ways this year."

Avery, who has two scholarship offers to date, has been enjoying the attention he's receiving from college recruiters.

"Recruiting is kind of fun to be honest," he said. "Most schools see me as a defensive back, but Colorado called the other day and they said they will be recruiting me a quarterback. It doesn't matter to me at all. Illinois stays in touch pretty much, and I like Coach [Eric] Wolford a lot. He's a good guy, and a real honest guy, and we've developed a cool relationship over the past year. I'm real interested in Illinois. I will be visiting Illinois when they play Ohio State. I was at Louisville earlier in the year for the Kentucky game, and the atmosphere was really good there. I have offers from Bowling Green and Army at this time."

Avery has also drawn the interest of Ohio State. He is being recruited as a defensive back by Buckeye assistant coach Taver Johnson.

"I've been to two Buckeye games this year," Avery explained. "I went to the YSU game, and the Minnesota game. I talk to Coach Johnson all the time, at least once a week. I loved it at Ohio State, and I'm planning to get back down there for the Penn State game. Depending on how when we play in the playoffs, I also hope to get down to the Michigan game. Ohio State has told me they want me to come to every home game I can get to. I think a lot of Coach [Jim] Tressel, and we get along well. At Ohio State, I usually get a lot of fans telling me to come there for college, and that always surprises me that they know me."

Lexington head coach B.J. Payne raved about his junior star, both for his play on the field, and his actions off the field.

"Cort has started for us since he was a freshman," Payne stated. "He's been a major part of the success we've had here. The college coaches started noticing him after his performance at the camp in Pittsburgh. That was the first time he had ever played defensive back, and he outplayed kids that were holding D-I scholarships. Cort is a 4.0 student, and comes from a great family. Any school that gets him will be thrilled with the person they're getting, as well as his talent on the field. I get calls every day about him, and I'm really happy to see him blowing up from a recruiting standpoint. Nobody will outwork this kid, and his best football is ahead of him. His greatest strength is his quickness, and his cutting ability. I think he's going to be a great cornerback at the next level, but some schools are recruiting him to play quarterback."

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