Grenada's C.J. Avery likes what he sees

C.J. Avery out of Grenada, Miss., didn't have to drive far for his unofficial visit to Ole MIss Saturday.


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"I have been over there so many times I can't even count," Avery said. "It's just 30 minutes from my house. It was a great visit though. This was my first trip over there where it's basically all about our class. It's our turn now. Me and Cam Akers went over there for the day, stayed for the hoops game, and just got a chance to spend a lot of time with the coaches and players. Me and Cam toured their campus and loved it."

Saturday night the pair of 4-Stars got to see the Rebels defeat the Commodores in front a sold out newly opened Pavilion.

"Man, it was alive. I've never been in a basketball arena that nice. The place was jumping. Ole Miss has great fans. Their whole campus is nice. They are adding on to their football stadium too. Everything is top notch at Ole Miss."

This visit was the first time they pin pointed a set position for the 6-foot-1, 196 pound defender.

"We talked more about the position I would play. We went over their rotation on defense. They want me to play the position that Tony Conner plays, husky. I play outside linebacker here at Grenada. We do a lot of the same things their husky does. Tony is leaving for the NFL after this season. The position will be young. They have three young safeties. There will be a lot of change by the time I get there. It will allow me a chance to get into the rotation."

What impressed C.J. the most about the trip.

"The loyalty from the coaches stand out to me the most. When they were telling me things they didn't say it to make it sound good. They meant what they were telling me. I have a bunch of friends on their team. They have told me about their experience at Ole Miss. It's just a great place to be. And as you can see with their football program they are becoming a powerhouse."

The Rebels finished up the season with a Sugar Bowl victory and topped it off with a top five national recruiting class. That hasn't gone unnoticed.

"Them signing a top five recruiting class is really big for me personally. You know when you go there you'll be practicing against the best of the best. Me and Cam (Akers) have talked about that a lot."

Cam Akers is rated the top running back in the state of Mississippi. The two play on the same travel league 7-on-7 team. They have developed a close relationship.

"Cam is my boy. We are real close friends. He was coming up with his parents so I decided to come with them."

It has been reported that Avery's first cousin, Genard Avery, plans to transfer to Ole Miss as well.

"He's trying to get closer to home. Our grandmother isn't feeling good. He wants to transfer over to Ole Miss, but we really haven't talked about it a whole lot. We'll see what happens. I don't know anything for sure yet."



Who else has offered Scout's No.166 overall rated prospect?

"Mississippi State, Alabama, Cal, Stanford, Memphis, and Ole Miss.

Who is coming after him the hardest?

"I would say Ole Miss and Cal. They are showing me the most love."

Cal inked a couple Mississippians in the 2016 class. They also inked a former teammate of his from Grenada.

"Their coach talks to me a lot on twitter. They just offered me a couple weeks back. They signed Darius White from ICC. I used to play with him at Grenada. He has told me a lot of things about his experience at Cal. Their coaches are showing me a lot of love right now."

His last visit before Ole Miss was to Mississippi State.

"That was my first time to go up there with their new coaches there. I was close with coach Deshea Townsend but he's gone now. I got a chance to meet their new defensive coordinator and defensive back coach. They are actually good guys."

The coaching turnover has not been a negative for C.J.

"It really hasn't changed my view of them. As soon as I found out coach Townsend left MSU they sent their coaches the next day to my school to come see me. Things really haven't changed much for me with MSU. They are still a great school who shows me a lot of love."

Avery finished his junior campaign with 76 tackles and five interceptions.

"I improved a lot because I recognize the game a lot better now. I was a better team leader and just an overall better player. This offseason I'm trying to work on my footwork. I run the 40 in the upper 4.6's right now. I'm trying to get that down to the 4.5's. I've played outside linebacker pretty much my whole time here. I like to play in the box at the point of attack at the line of scrimmage. I'm good against the run, but I can also play man coverage and drop in the zone."


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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