Humbling Day for Averett

Sitting at six offers heading into the month of March, New Jersey cornerback Anthony Averett's speedy performance at the indoor state track meet has seen his offer list balloon to 13, including four in one day and one from the University of Wisconsin.

MADISON - When the University of Tennessee offered him on Wednesday, giving him his ninth offer and second from the SEC, Anthony Averett thought it would be a good day.

Then Wisconsin offered, followed by Iowa and following by Pittsburgh, giving the 6-1, 178-pound cornerback from Woodbury (N.J.) more options and more humbling.

"It was incredibly humbling," Averett told Badger Nation. "When I got the one, I was ‘OK, I've got one.' When I got the second one, I was ‘OK, I've got a second one.' When the last two came in, I started getting real excited. It was an exciting thing because I wasn't expecting it at all."

Averett's stock has taken a big leap since the end of his junior season; a season where he had 13 rushing and three passing touchdowns along with 68 tackles on defense, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries with one returned for a touchdown.

The jump came in early March when he ran the 55 meters in 6.46 seconds to win the state title. He is also the indoor state champ in the long jump with his best being 23 feet, 7 3/4 inches. Since his dual championship performance, Averett has picked seven new offers.

"It's been a lot of fun having all these new schools come in and talk to me," Averett said. "I have a little bit of everything. I can stay home. I could go down south. I have a lot of options. It feels good to have options."

One of the new schools for Averett is the University of Wisconsin. Led by the recruiting efforts of running back coach Thomas Hammock, the Badgers are trying to impress Averett enough to have him visit during the spring.

"I don't know too much about the program but they want me to come down and visit when I can," Averett said. "I am going to try to, but it's going to be hard with track. I don't know too much about their system, but Coach Hammock said I could play either cornerback or safety."

Those four offers from Friday join a scholarship list that includes Alabama, East Carolina, Old Dominion, Penn State, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse, Temple and West Virginia. He is receiving heavy interest from Ohio State and South Carolina.

Averett said the one school that has impressed him early in the process is the defending national champions, as Averett will visit Alabama this spring for the spring game.

"Alabama stands out to me because of what they did last year," said Averett. "I like down south schools, but I am pretty open right now."


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