Better late than never.
It was back at SMU's summer camp in July when Dallas Carter wide receiver Jordan Ingram mentioned that his teammate, Corey Avery, had interest in SMU but had never heard from the coaches. Why? Well, that's another unsolved mystery.
But just before the dead period went into effect in mid-December, SMU linebackers coach Eric Daniels made the short drive over to the local DISD school to visit with Avery, a three-star athlete with offers from the likes of Baylor, LSU and Ohio State, and extend an offer.
"SMU actually offered me when Coach Daniels and some other coach came down to the school. I don't remember the other coach's name, but Coach Daniels was a really cool guy," Avery said. "He said they could use me in a lot of different ways. He said I could play running back and also play in the slot."
The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder is ranked as the No. 63 running back in the nation. But to put him in a box and say he's just a running back would be wrong. At Dallas Carter, Avery not only played tail back but wide receiver and a little defense as well.
This past season, he established himself as one of the most electrifying offensive weapons in the area by rushing for 1,667 yards, recording 16 receptions for 249 yards and scoring 22 total touchdowns.
So it comes as no surprise SMU finally got in the mix.
"I'm interested in them because they are interested in me. It's pretty close to home, and they've been winning recently," Avery said. "It's also a good school. That's important to me because I want to go into engineering. I want to find out more about their engineering program and if it's good, that would be a plus."
Avery also has high interest in SMU because of his friendship with Ingram, who committed to the Ponies in the summer. The two were Dallas Carter's biggest producers this past season and could make immediate impacts on the Hilltop.
"When they offered me, he was pretty excited about it. He told me more about SMU and why he liked it," Avery said. "It would be great to keep playing with him. I think we could both really help out SMU. We're both fast, and we can really get it going on offense."
At the moment, Avery is still weighing his options and does not have a set list of favorites. Since Avery is waiting until National Signing Day to make a decision, some schools have filled up. But he still has plenty of quality options.
This weekend, Avery will make an official visit to Texas. On January 24, he will visit Nebraska and on January 31, he will take a trip to Kansas. While that schedule doesn't look good for SMU, Avery hopes to speak to Daniels this week to set up a weekday visit some time this month.
"I really want to visit SMU. I know I have these officials set, but I'm going to talk to Daniels about possibly visiting during the week," Avery said. "I want to see how good I'll fit in, and I want to meet the coaches."
Along with Nebraska, Kansas, Texas and SMU, Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech are still on Avery's radar.
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