2018 Bishop Dunne HS (Tex.) defensive tackle Calvin Avery had originally just planned to head up for SMU’s junior day earlier this week, but once he got there he got some exciting news from the coaching staff he was supposed to get a while earlier.
“It was kind of crazy because I just planned to go up there for a junior day and they were like ‘yeah we offered you’ and stuff like that, they told me they offered me a long time ago and nobody told me,” the Bishop Dunne tackle said, “It was supposed to be like my third or fourth offer and I didn’t even know, nobody told me that.”
The offer meant a lot to Avery, who lives just down the street and has become very familiar with SMU from his days in Dallas.
“It’s a big school especially since I’m from Dallas, right in the area like right up the street from my house,” Avery said, “I could pretty much go to all the games if I wanted to.”
With one of Avery’s former teammates, Shaine Hailey, heading to SMU next year, the 6-2, 310-pound run stopper plans to stop by and check out a game.
“I’m going to try to make it up for one of the games, I know one of our linebackers he committed there,” Avery said.
Hailey has spoken with Avery about SMU already, and has been selling him on the overall environment and the direction of the program.
“He said it was a cool school and that he liked it up there, I’ve been calling him,” Avery said.
So far, Avery has had the chance to get to know coach Morris and the entire defensive staff and clearly their early conversations have made an impact on the talented defensive lineman.
“I love the coaching staff,” Avery said, “They are probably one of the coolest coaching staffs I’ve met out of all of the schools I’ve been to.”
Heading into his senior season, Avery is continuing to work on his first move, as well as, his strength, but these are also some of the things he already excels at.
“I’m trying to work on getting faster, work on my explosion, my get-off, that is one thing I’m really good at is my get-off and my strength, stuff like that I can always work on though,” Avery said, “Working on how quickly I can shoot my hands, hand speed and footwork, all that other stuff.”
The Bishop Dunne tackle currently also has offers from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Baylor, California, Utah, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Rice, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and UTSA. Despite having offers from a number of different power 5 conferences, Avery maintained he’s simply trying to find the best fit for him, regardless of conference.
“Conference really don’t make a difference,” Avery said, “I could really play anywhere.”