Avery looking forward to 'feeling the love' on Clemson official


Grenada (Miss.) four-star safety C.J. Avery was an unofficial visitor for Clemson’s game at Auburn on Saturday night.

The Clemson Insider recently caught up with Avery about his experience.

“It was pretty good,” Avery said. “It was my first time getting down there to Auburn and seeing what they have to offer. I went to the game last night, and this morning before I left, I toured the campus and facilities.”

The atmosphere at Jordan-Hare Stadium impressed Avery.

“The fans are loyal,” Avery said, “and the atmosphere at Auburn was pretty nice.”

Avery also liked what he heard from Auburn defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff.

“He’s a phenomenal coach,” Avery said. “He knows how to get you to the next level.”

As for the game, what did Avery think about Clemson’s 19-13 win?

“I think it was like any first game,” Avery said. “No team is going to be sharp in the first game, but both teams played well, and I liked what I saw.”

Next up for Avery is an official visit to Cal for its game against Texas on Sept. 17.

Avery is still planning to take an official visit to Clemson for the Syracuse game on Nov. 5. His parents will accompany him and get to see Clemson for the first time.

“I’m looking forward to feeling all the love that they showed me the first time,” Avery said, “and getting my parents up there because they didn’t come the first time.”

Avery said his parents like Clemson because he does. Avery returned home with good reviews after visiting Clemson for the first time in June.

“They love it,” Avery said of his parents. “I came back with good words, and they trust my word, but they just want to come up and see it for themselves.”

Avery has stayed in touch with Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive backs coach Reed, and said he still has a strong relationship with the two coaches.

“I think coach Reed is actually supposed to come to my game this week,” Avery said.

Avery and Grenada High have started the season 3-0.

“We’re playing pretty good,” Avery said. “I think I’m playing pretty good. We’re getting back in the rhythm of playing football.”

In late July, Avery released a list of his top five schools — Ole Miss, Florida State, Clemson, Louisville and Mississippi State.

Avery said Auburn is now in the mix after the visit.

“I would say after the Auburn visit, Auburn will get some consideration,” Avery said.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder will commit sometime after taking all of his officials. He said comfort level with a school, player development and the opportunity for early playing time will be important when he makes a decision.

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