Avery Back From Ohio State Junior Day

Lexington junior athlete Courtney Avery visited Ohio State as part of the school's junior day activities on Saturday. Avery is one of the top defensive back prospects in the 2010 Ohio recruiting class, and also excels as a quarterback. Bill Greene caught up with this fine prospect, and filed this report.

Lexington, Ohio, junior athlete Courtney Avery is starting to receive much recruiting attention following a great 2008 season. Avery, a starter since his freshman year, is being recruited as a defensive back by most schools, although he had a great year as a quarterback.

Avery visited Ohio State on Saturday for the Buckeyes' first junior day. Avery attended football practice in the morning before watching the Buckeye hoopsters take on Iona at Value City Arena.

"I had a great time at Ohio State," Avery said. "It was good to get up there and see my position coach, Taver Johnson, and see the team practice. I also saw Coach [Jim] Tressel, and it was nice to be able to see how he coaches his team. The practice was very intense, and very well organized. This was my first time seeing how they do things."

The Ohio State coaches have been in touch with Lexington head coach B.J. Payne for more than a year regarding Avery. Avery was named the Ohio Cardinal Conference Offensive Player of the Year after setting numerous passing records this season.

"Coach Johnson was in my high school last week, and he told my coach to have me come up for practice," he said. "Both Coach Johnson and Coach Tressel thanked me for coming today. Coach Tressel asked me how my basketball game went last night. I went to the Ohio State basketball game, but had to leave early because I have another game tonight."

Avery, 5-10 and 170 pounds, concentrated on how the Buckeye defensive backs play their respective positions, because that's where he projects at the next level.

"I really liked seeing Malcolm Jenkins, and watching how he goes about his business," Avery said. "His talent is unbelievable, and there's a lot I can learn from watching his technique. They do things a lot differently than how we do things, but I definitely think I can play at this level. The receivers are so much better than what I face in high school. I was really impressed with Brian Hartline, and his speed in and out of his cuts. He seemed to be the hardest guy for the other backs to cover. Terrelle Pryor is also a special player to watch. He made a lot of good throws today, and he marched the ball down the field in the scrimmage. The athleticism of Ohio State is pretty special at every position."

Avery is also a tremendous basketball prospect, and is receiving interest in that sport as well. He is undecided about which sport to pursue in college, but will not be playing both sports.

"Right now, in football I have offers from Bowling Green, Army and Eastern Michigan," he said. "I'm hearing the most from them, along with Indiana, Illinois and Ohio State. I like Coach [Eric] Wolford from Illinois a lot, and we stay in touch pretty often. I like Ohio State a lot, and I'm interested in Illinois too. Those are my two favorites right now. In basketball, I'm being recruited by James Madison, Eastern Michigan and Western Carolina."

Avery also excels in the classroom at Lexington, carrying a 3.8 GPA. He also scored a 23 on the ACT test.

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