Verbal View: Devante Averette

West Virginia dipped into the juco ranks for the fourth time this year as it nabbed a commitment from a big, fast linebacker who can play just about anywhere on defense. What does the video say about Devante Averette?

The Mountaineer coaching staff shows no signs of shying away from junior college prospects. After snaring nine in the Class of 2013, WVU is nearly halfway to that total after getting a verbal from Devante Averette to run its overall total to 13.

WHAT TO LIKE: In a word, burst. Averette lasers off the edge like a shot out of a cannon. He beats most tackles with that sheer speed, and turns the corner quickly to get to the quarterback. When he arrives, he also tackles with excellent technique, and wraps his target up well.

If a second factor is needed, it's versatility. Averette highlighted that aspect of his game in an interview with, and noted that was something West Virginia's coaches, including recruiting lead Keith Patterson, liked about him from the start. Averette played everything from defensive end to cornerback last year at Ellsworth, so he should have a good chance to find a spot in West Virginia's defense. He's slated to begin as a spur, but from there he could move anywhere along the second level.

POSSIBLE CONCERNS: Those that watch other offers as a judgment meter will be worried over Averette's lack of high Division 1 interest. That's always a point of concern, but it's also clear that West Virginia's coaching staff got in early on the Ellsworth standout. Their commitment to him stood out to Averette, and he returned that with his verbal.

Devante Averette
HT 6-1
WT 230
SCH Ellsworth CC
LOC Iowa Falls, Iowa
The lack of offers came over a concern of grades, as some schools, including a number from the Big 12, Big 10 and SEC, were concerned about his ability to graduate from Ellsworth on time. Averette proved that concern wrong with an excellent spring and summer school classroom performance, so much so that he's now on track to graduate in December. He's already using that oversight as a motivating factor in his preparations for this season.

OVERALL ANALYSIS: Averette's summer school work might have contributed to a lack of notice, as did a change of coaches that left just one Ellsworth coach from 2012 on the staff for this year. However, those that missed him, or failed to make a firm offer, might have great cause to regret that decision in a year or so.

Averette could play anywhere on the second level in West Virginia's defense, and his great speed makes him a threat to get home on blitzes where others might come up a step short. Like every junior college player, there are concerns about competition level, but Averette appears determined to succeed and prove that West Virginia's faith in him was not a mistake.

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