July 27, 2011

Rising junior to visit next month

Woodbury, N.J. athlete Anthony Averett will be one to watch in 2013.

The 6-foot, 170 pound two-sport star may be best known for his track skills now, but it's football that he'll use to ultimately pursue a collegiate scholarship.

"I won the long jump at the Meet of Champions last year," said Averett, referring to New Jersey's track & field state championship. "But football is my heart and number one, I'll do track as well though."

Averett's yet to receive a verbal offer and his contact with the different coaches has been slim so far. However a host of schools have already made it known that they'll pursue him. Fortunately for Penn State, they're ahead of most.

"I'm supposed to be visiting Penn State next month," Averett added. "I'm not exactly sure when yet, I haven't set the date with the coaches yet, but it should be sometime before my season starts. We start on August 16th.

"I just went to the Rutgers camp a few weeks ago. Rutgers and Penn State are the two schools that I've been in contact the most with. South Carolina has been in touch with my coach. I know Iowa, Temple and Syracuse are all interested."

In addition to the early interest, the Nittany Lions will have something else in their advantage.

"Shawney Kersey is my cousin, so is Damiere Byrd at South Carolina. Different sides of the family."

Penn State assistant Ron Vanderlinden has been in charge of Averett's recruitment so far. As mentioned, contacts been limited, but Averett does know that Penn State could see him at a host of positions.

"I'm pretty sure they're going to recruit me as an athlete, they said that I can do a bunch of things for them. (Vanderlinden) knows that I'm a playmaker. He likes that I can do big things when I get the chance."

Averett picked up 910 rushing yards and scored 10 touchdowns playing quarterback in a wing-t offense as a sophomore.

"This year I'm supposed to play in the shotgun a little, that should be fun."

On defense, he had three interceptions, a forced fumble and 21 solo tackles.

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