Averette Ready To Get Started At OSU

A lot of attention last week was on the two new high school graduates enrolling and joining the Oklahoma State football program. Of course, players like tall, big-arm quarterback Mason Rudolph and big, fast running back Devon Thomas are going to attract attention. Junior college All-American linebacker Devante Averette from Ellsworth C.C. In Iowa is also set to begin classes at OSU on Monday.

The 6-1, 230-pound Averette, who has big time speed (4.45) for his size and made a lot of big plays this season with 29 tackles for loss, is also proud of what he did in the classroom as he told Jimmie Tramel of the Tulsa World.

"It just really came from the environment I was in at Ellsworth. Small community. Small population of people," explained Averette. "So there are not a lot of distractions and for the most part, it was a grind, my determination to really get out of there, because I felt like I didn't have to go to community college, but I had to because of my grades. There definitely was a drive and determination to get out of there."

I really like Averette's attitude. He can play football as well. He was quite capable coming out of high school and he knew it. Averette has also dealt with having a young son and he quickly showed he was willing to accept the responsibility by sitting out a year of football to go to work, real work.

"It was tough. I have a 2-year-old son, so I just really stayed back and kind of got a job, a temporary job, before I started junior college," added Averette. "There was never one moment where I thought I was out of football. I just knew that it was a matter of time and I had to develop patience and, becoming a father ...

"It just helped me grow and made me more mature and I knew my time was coming, so I felt like God wanted me to be patient for me and my family and things are going to work out, which it definitely did."

Averette was part of the team that helps people learn what "brown" can do for them.

"I had a UPS (job), and I was working double shifts," Averette continued. "I was the driver helper and I worked in a factory. I got up like 4 in the morning and then I wouldn't get home until at least 9 o'clock. He would drive and I would get out and deliver packages and everything like that."

Averette actually explains that he got a lot out of the job. You get the feeling it helped him, at least in work ethic, become an All-American on the field at Ellsworth when he got there. It also made him some what of a human GPS, at least in Detroit, which is very close to his hometown of Melvindale, Mich.

"It was just meeting a lot of people all over Detroit. Detroit is a big city, so I have been to every part of Detroit," he said. "There were great people. It was tough. It was around this time when winter was cold and we would get 12 inches of snow and we still had to work. In my life, it has always been a grind to work and to get out of Michigan and to get in the classroom. It's always a grind."

Just as he told us on the day he signed his Oklahoma State Letter of Intent, Averette is coming in this spring ready to play. That is what Oklahoma State needs and that is what he has planned.

"Yes. I do believe so. I feel like... I just never back down from a challenge," answered Averette. "I am always open to competition each and every day in practice.

"I feel like I can come in and start right away with my ability. I've got footwork like a safety. I played a little bit of corner, outside, middle, strong safety. I feel like I can play anywhere on the field and it showed on film that I can play with big talent."

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