Averette has two early offers

A JUCO linebacker starting to pop up on recruiting radars is Ellsworth's Devante Averette (6-1, 230). The talented and versatile prospect has two early offers to his name and plenty of other schools looking his way. JCFootball.com got the scoop on his recuitment and also found what what makes him so good at what he does on the football field...

"I have good reactions and my speed (4.44) is really good for a guy my size. Those are two things that help me a lot and I'm a good blitzer so when I come off the edge, that's where I do a really good job," Averette told JCFootball.com. "I also read the guards well and I love to study film. I feel like my preparation is what really sets me apart. No one out works me on the field or in the film room."

As a freshman in 2012, while playing several positions, Averette totaled 79 tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks and one interception.

"They moved me all around, but my main position was at strongside linebacker," Averette noted. "I played strongside linebacker, I played some safety and I also played over the slot, sorta as a corner, in our bowl game (vs. Snow), when they played their big wideouts out there, I moved outside to cover them."

On the recruiting front, things have started to pick up for Averette with two offers already in the books and more could be on the way.

"I have offers from Florida Atlantic and Appalachian State right now," Averette said. "I'm visiting Iowa State (Thursday) for their spring game and I'm also hearing from Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota a few other schools from the midwest here."

As a prep at Melvindale (Mi.) High School, Averette had offers from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Syracuse, Minnesota, Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Northern Illinois among others, but he was unable to qualify.

"It was my grades. I'll admit that I didn't take it as seriously as I should have, but here at Ellsworth, I have been on them and I'm doing really well and I will be qualified when I get my AA in December," Averette said.

As a mid-year signee, Averette will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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