4-Star safety still has five on top

C.J. Avery out of Grenada, Miss., stopped by Ole Miss last week to watch them practice. How did the trip go?

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"It went pretty well," Avery said. "I got to see coach (Hugh) Freeze and all of the staff again. I was mainly watching their safeties. That was pretty good."

The Rebels have a young group of safeties and that was the focal point.

"They are a pretty young group. There were a lot of freshmen in their rotation. That gives me a chance to come in and play. Everybody is young. I'll be young too so there are spots that are basically open. That's important to me."

Ole Miss has renovated and added on to their stadium and practice fields. It was the first chance for Scout's No. 193 ranked player to see the new facilities.

"It just shows you the direction the program is headed. I was really impressed with what all they have done to their stadium and practice fields. It's first class."


What stands out the most about Ole Miss, to this point?

"I think it's just the overall atmosphere in being in Oxford. I just like being around that town. I have a lot of fun every time I go there."

Clemson is thought of as the main competition for the instate schools. What stands out about the Tigers?

"When I got down there they showed me around. It wasn't just me walking around trying to make friends. Everyone was familiar with me and made me feel like family."

Florida State is also in his personal top five.

"It's just Florida State. They are a big time program. Awinning program. They send a lot of defensive backs to the league. I enjoyed my trip down there as well this summer."

Two of his finalists, Ole Miss and FSU, square off against one another on Labor Day.

"I'll definitely be watching that game. I'll be keying in on their safeties the whole game. I want to see if I did come to either program who all is coming back and who all is leaving. If they do have some good players returning at my position I want to learn from them so I can become a better player."

Louisville also makes his personal top five list.

"It was a great visit. It's a winning program that is on the rise. They have a lot of stuff going on up there. They put a lot of people in the NFL. They showed me the facts. That's my ultimate goal. I want to get to the NFL. I feel like they can help get me there."

Everybody might be chasing Mississippi State.

"It's almost the same as Ole Miss. It feels good to be in Starkville because the people in Mississippi know you. It's the same when I'm up at Ole Miss."

Which school needs Avery the most?

"To be honest I think MSU needs me the most because they are losing one senior at safety, and the other spot has young players that are struggling. They need me to come in there and contribute right away."

People have hinted that a decision could come soon but that's not the case for the December graduate.

"I haven't even lined up my official visits yet. I'll take my visits and then make a decision. It will probably come sometime after my season is over. I'm playing in the Under Armour All-American game so it will probably be around then."

Grenada got off to a good start Friday with a victory. They are hoping to take it to 2-0 this week.

"I am just focused on being a leader. A lot of people are depending on me to do big things. I have to become a better leader. I'm moving around a lot better this season. I have more flexibility which is helping me become quicker."


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


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