Lexington (Ohio) cornerback Courtney Avery kicked of the recruiting process with several early offers and the tenders have continued to come in throughout the month of March. A two-sport star, the 5-10, 165-pound Avery has some tough decisions coming up, but he is not rushing to complete the process.
"I'm not really thinking too much about (recruiting)," Avery commented. "I'm just concentrating on making myself better right now."
There may be no rush on Avery's end to make any decisions, but colleges are still hustling to get their offers in his hands. So far, Stanford, Ball State, Central Michigan, Army, Bowling Green, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Ohio University have all notified Avery that an offer awaits him at their universities.
Besides being a highly sought after cornerback, Avery is also a talented basketball player for Lexington High. His team struggled to a 12-10 record this past season, but Avery still filled the stat sheet night after night, averaging 19.8 points and four assists per game. He does not hold any offers for basketball yet, but is hearing from several MAC schools about playing that sport as well in college.
"I think I am going to have to choose one, because I don't really want to play both sports," Avery said. "I am leaning towards football, but I still am not sure yet."
Avery's obligations to his basketball team limited his availability to research colleges the last few months, but he was able to take a couple trips and has a couple more planned over the course of the next month.
"I've gone to Michigan State and I've gone to Ohio State," Avery reported. "I'm going to be going to Vanderbilt this Saturday and then I am flying out to Stanford in April."
With Avery focused more on his growth than his college future, he expects a decision to come late in the process with official visits likely in the fall and winter. Several factors will be key when the time does come for him to select a college.
"I figure I'll go around, take some visits, look at the facilities and try to get a relationship with the coaches," Avery said. "It's mostly going to be the relationship with the coaches and how long they are going to be there. It's also facilities and seeing how good the college takes care of the football team."