Three-star offensive lineman Avery Poates (6-4, 305, 5.2) from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde has a huge upside. He is it at the same age as most junior, but he started school early so he could still get bigger. Poates decided where he will continue his education and play his college football for.
Poates chose Nevada over other offers from New Mexico and UTEP. He was getting recruiting attention from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska and UCLA.
Nevada gets a player who his coach, Patrick Duffy thinks is a Pac 10 caliber player. He's in agreement with Director of Scouting SGV/IE Scouting Service James Escarcega.
"Avery was one of those players that got on everyone's radar his junior year and followed it up with a very solid senior year and thus became a hot commodity amongst the mid-level D-I schools," Escarcega said. "What I like about him, is his athletic ability for someone his size.
"Avery really moves well in space," Escarcega said. "He projects to being a guard, but has long arms and has good pass protection techniques.
"While playing on a team that has a ton of skill players, I don't think people appreciated the talents of this kid," Escarcega said. "Nevada-Reno scored a nice one here."
The Wolf Pack landed a very talented player with a very high ceiling with the committal of Poates.