C.J. Avery (Photo by Chad Simmons)

4-Star safety Avery nears decision

C.J. Avery out of Grenada will make his decision shortly. The past few days he has hosted a pair of head coaches in Mississippi who are on his final list as they try and make one last sales pitch.


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"Coach (Hugh) Freeze came by Monday and Coach (Dan) Mullen came by Wednesday," Avery said. "Louisville has also been by as well as Auburn."

C.J. will make his decision December 14th at 5:30 p.m. on the Mississippi high school network web site. The Ole Miss head coach had one message for Avery before he left off for Starkville this weekend for his official visit.

"We talked about me being a priority for his class. I asked him how much of a priority I was, and he wanted to clear that up with me. He told me that there are only a select few he wants out of Mississippi and I'm one of them. He wants me, Cam Akers, Kam White, D.D. Bowie, Ben Brown, Myles Brennan and a couple more to represent Ole Miss for Mississippi."

the Rebels could be his last official visit before he makes a decision.


"I'm still trying to decide what I'm going to do with the Ole Miss trip. Coach Freeze and I talked about it, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do. They wanted me to come in next weekend (December 10). My mother is trying to work it out with work. If she can't make it we'll go by there for a midweek visit to talk to their coaches."

The Rebels want C.J. to fill the spot of the player he patterns his game after, Tony Conner.

"They are talking about me playing Tony's spot. He told me that Ill be playing one of the safety spots. It could be Rover, Husky, Free or Strong safety. They think I'm versatile enough to play several different positions in the defensive backfield for them. They are trying to rebuild their defense. He just wants me to be a part of it. That's what stands out the most to me about Ole Miss is the opportunity to play early. They need some young guys to come in and help them on defense."

Mississippi State has quietly been considered the favorite to land C.J.'s signature around the Mississippi circles. He takes in his visit to Starkville this weekend.

"It's kind of the same thing with Ole Miss. They need some immediate help with their defense. I have a good relationship with their safety coach as well."

Avery visited Louisville last weekend.

"Really, it's kind of the same scenario as Ole Miss and State. I can come in and play. I'm close to their safety coach as well. I have some good friends on that team. They have signed some Mississippi boys I know. I have been up there a couple times now, and I really like the players on their team. We get along really well."

Clemson was once considered the leader but no more.

"I haven't talked to them in a long time. They quit contacting me."

Auburn could have the biggest inside track due to their defensive back coach.

"Coach (Wesley) McGriff coached my father. That's my boy. They have a bunch of good players at Auburn. I'm really familiar with all of the people in the defensive back room over there at Auburn. I like Auburn a lot."

Stay tuned to December 14th.


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


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