One-on-One With Devante Averette

Devante Averette is a first-team NJCAA All-American linebacker out of Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College. The 6-0, 230-pound native of Melvindale, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, was an All-Stater and Detroit Free Press All-Michigan Dream Team performer in high school with 63 tackles and 12 sacks.

The last two seasons at Ellsworth he has combined for 171 tackles, with 92 tackles this season in also earning first-team All-Iowa Junior College honors. He also had four sacks and a fumble forced. As a freshman, he had 79 tackles with 15 tackles for loss, four sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery.

He was committed to West Virginia before changing his pledge to Oklahoma State after an official visit to the school.

We spoke to Averette on Triple Play Sports Radio on Wednesday morning after he signed.

RA: Congratulations on signing.
Averette: Thank you. It has really been a blessing, man. I've been working so hard and wanting to go to a big time school like this and this shows my hard work has paid off. Oklahoma State is giving me my shot.

RA: It's not easy coming through junior college, is it?
Averette: The recruiting process went pretty good for me, and I always had an open mind to everybody and everything. It made it real easy because I always wanted to go to Oklahoma State, especially when they brought out the black jerseys. The way the coaches was, I like Coach Gundy, he is real laid back and cool. Coach Spencer, I had powerful conversations with him each week. We had a great vibe and he told me upfront what he was going to do with me and what he expect from me. I just love how his defense works and how that position he recruited me for I will have lots of opportunities to make plays.

RA: The quality of football in that Iowa league is really good. You played Iowa Western and they have been involved in the national championship the last two years. How good is that league?
Averette: It is very quick, and some teams like Iowa Central is really big, big on big. DuPage is a little bit of everything and they got me prepared for the next level, and especially Iowa Western as they have had a lot of players that have gone Division I. Playing against them they have quality size players like 6-6, 300-pound linemen. This league and this conference gets you prepped to go to the next level. There are great players in this league.

RA: What kind of person are you off the field?
Averette: I'm really just a laid back kind of guy. I'm always looking for work. I'm not a party guy but a guy always looking to get some work done. I'm a cool, laid back, goofy kind of guy. I like to go watch movies and take advantage of what life has to offer.

RA: There is some immediate playing time available at linebacker.
Averette: I'm always for competition and working hard. I'll work right there against the next man and we'll make each other better and whoever comes out on top then that will be the guy. I'm planning on being that guy.

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