Hello: Courtney Avery

Submitted by Brian on June 20th, 2009 at 7:02 PM

courtney-averyOH CB Courtney Avery, who had been committed to Stanford, picked up an offer after camping extensively at Michigan. And he's now committed($). Informative update coming.

GURU RATINGS & CHATTER

Scout Rivals ESPN
3*, #23 CB NR 73, no position rating

Well, then. This is a huge disparity.

Avery's not too far away from a fourth star on Scout—four stars go to the top #18 CBs—and since the lists generally expand as evaluators get more data, he could move up. For comparison's sake, one-time Michigan lean Lo Wood is Scout's #41 corner.

On the other hand, Avery's not even rated by Rivals and ESPN loathes him; a 73 is basically "welcome to the MAC, kid". I'm not sure what they're getting at with their review:

Avery is an exceptional athlete that his only limited by his physical size. He is light weight but has very good speed and excellent quickness. … Has good hips and can turn and change direction without any loss of balance or control. Shows the ability to play man to man coverage as a corner and can run stride for stride with the wideout on the takeoff route. Closes quickly on the receiver when playing zone coverage.

He's not huge or anything, but even as listed at 5'9", 165 that's not unheard of for a cornerback. There have been message board natterings suggesting he's now 5'11", but… uh… no. They measured him not three months ago and declared him 5'9".

One possible source of the disagreement: Avery is a high school quarterback. He's actually been Lexington's starter since he was a freshman. Check it:

A starter at quarterback since his freshman year, Avery completed 73 percent of his passes during the regular season (122-for-166) for 2,095 yards, 21 touchdowns and one interception and was the Ohio Cardinal Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Dang. Too bad you're 5'9", kid. You might have been the teeniest starting QB ever:

"Courtney has been in the limelight for a long time -- he was our starting quarterback as a 14-year-old freshman --and to earn a scholarship offer from a program like Michigan, it's a great honor," Payne said. "Michigan had a transition year last year, but it is still a top 10 program nationally. They only recruit the cream of the crop."

Avery's also been Lexington's starter at point guard for about that long and was going to walk-on to the Cardinal basketball team. Anyway, all this means the majority of his focus in high school has been on quarterbacking, as we'll see when we get to his paltry defensive stats. Schools recruiting him are making projections. Michigan, having gotten an extended look at camp, is in a better position than anyone else to make that projection.

And at least some close observers of Ohio football think this isn't a MAC player at all. Duane Long, asked to comment on Michigan's offer to Avery by an Ohio State fan wondering about he and Swigert:

I think it is a great offer. I think Avery is a borderline Buckeye caliber recruit.

His coach:

"He had a phenomenal workout at Michigan, which is exactly what we expected of him," Payne said. "He was the top defensive back there and he performed as such."

(Swigert is a "reach" for both schools according to him, FWIW.)

OFFERS

Avery's recruitment came to a halt in late March, when he committed to Stanford. His other offers then were of the MAC variety, but Jeremy Crabtree said he was "on track to land several Big Ten offers this spring," which was obviously true. Since the commitment he picked up offers from Vanderbilt and Louisville, FWIW.

Ohio State was looking at him, too.

STATS

As mentioned, not much at corner:

He made 19 tackles and recovered a fumble from his cornerback spot and was a first team All-Ohioan.

That honor despite the lack of stats is good, right?

FAKE 40 TIME

Avery was timed at a 4.55 at the Scout Combine he attended, where he was in contention for MVP honors.

VIDEO

There's also Scouting Ohio video for you.

PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE

Yes, another three star and the attendant grumbling therein. You have to give the coaches some extra leeway with this one, though, as it is a camp offer based off a lot more than some game film. And given the strong position they're in with a couple of highly-regarded corners it's not like this is a flier.

UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS

Michigan still needs cornerbacks, and in some quantity. Highly-rated PA CB Cullen Christian has maintained Michigan as his heavy leader for months now and should drop at some point over the next few months, and then there's Dior Mathis, Rashad Knight, and Travis Williams. I expect two, maybe three, additional corners.

SIDE NOTE

Dude:

"Michigan has great tradition. It's one of the best programs in the country and, academically, it ranks among the best in the country," said Avery, who carries a 3.7 grade point average and plans to study medicine. "Stanford has the best academics in the country and the football program is on the rise."

In addition to Stanford and Michigan, Avery plans to take official visits to Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Louisville. He won't rush his decision.

…this guy meant all the academics stuff everyone says.

Comments

Big Boutros

June 21st, 2009 at 2:42 PM ^

You're right, they might not be from Jersey, but they're definitely in Jersey. If you listen carefully, you'll hear that they are headed to D'Jais in Belmar. It's hard to pick up if you don't speak fluent guido.

Ernis

June 22nd, 2009 at 11:26 PM ^

The more you suck at life, the more they like you. Until they start lookin to get married

Also, the harder you try the worse you will do. Don't "do" things to attract them. If they think you care about them, they will lose interest. Conceal all effort and concern with a shroud of cool indifference. That's pretty much all there is to it.

Unless they are intelligent, rational, or otherwise worthwhile on a human level... different game, then. Be nice and such.

wishitwas97

June 20th, 2009 at 10:06 PM ^

to determine how good of a CB is. Heck, even the pro-bowler, Nnamdi Asomugha got one INT last season. Does that mean that he's not a good CB? No, QB rarely throw to his side of the field.

Out of all the position where stats does not matter, it's CBs. Coaches base CBs on their cover ability as well as quick feet and loose hips. Avery has quick feet and loose hips. That is a more important traits for CBs.

Tim Waymen

June 20th, 2009 at 10:15 PM ^

Michigan, Stanford, Northwestern, and....Louisville? There is tons of research going on there, but it's not that good a school, or at least it's not ranked so highly. But it's not the same caliber as Michigan, Northwestern, and Stanford.

MGoObes

June 20th, 2009 at 11:05 PM ^

a guy can grow a lot in three months 2 inches isn't a ridiculous growth spurt for a 17 year old. this guy dominated the camp this past week and is definitely worth the offer.

mth822

June 21st, 2009 at 1:18 PM ^

Heart and intellect trump height and speed for the most part. I'm sure they see something they can work with here. If you can be a point guard and quarterback you can definitely use those skills & knowledge in man-to-man coverage and zone reads as a corner back. So I like this pick up alot for RR and Grrr.

mgovictors23

June 21st, 2009 at 1:54 PM ^

I like this pick-up. This guy is going to be good, he's definitely a guy that can continue to get better and better his senior year. His rankings should really go up in the future.

markusr2007

June 22nd, 2009 at 11:57 AM ^

considering Harbaugh has been pretty much kicking asses up and down the West Coast this year in recruiting. Stanford is ranked 11th (Scout) and 20th (Rivals) so far and already has 16 nailed down.