Avery Gennesy (East Mississippi C.C.), a massive offensive tackle prospect and one of the best JUCO players in the country, committed to Texas A&M on Thursday, in what amounts to a minor shock.
According to John Talty of the Clarion Ledger:
Avery Gennesy, one of the nation’s top junior college offensive linemen, verbally committed to Texas A&M over Ole Miss and Missouri.
Gennesy, surrounded by family on Thanksgiving, called Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin to give him the good news.
Avery (6'5'', 307 lbs.) is the No. 9 JUCO player in the Class of 2014, according to 247Sports. He is the fourth best offensive tackle, behind fellow Aggies recruit Jermaine Eluemunor, who checks in at No. 7.
With a raw grade of .9133 (out of 1.000) on the 247Sports composite, Avery would have ranked No. 215 on the list of 2014 underclassmen. But that grade takes his age into account, so he will be expected to contribute earlier and be more technically advanced than a true freshman.
Up until the moment of his announcement, Avery was not expected to commit to Texas A&M. Per the 247Sports "Crystal Ball," he was a 90 percent certainty to play at Ole Miss next season. But he chose the Aggies and will attempt to be the next in their impressive line of tackles.
Luke Joeckel was a top-five pick in last year's NFL Draft, and current left tackle Jake Matthews—son of legendary NFL center Bruce Matthews—is expected to follow suit in 2014.
According to JC Shurburtt of 247Sports, the signing of Avery bumped Texas A&M up in the Class of 2014 rankings; the Aggies now rank No. 2, behind only Alabama:
Banking on JUCO players to pan out is always a risky proposition, but it's one that normally has a high ceiling. By throwing two darts at the dartboard with Avery and Eluemunor, Texas A&M has improved its chances of scoring a bull's-eye.
For coach Kevin Sumlin and all the fans in College Station, that is a very good thing and a welcome bit of happy news on Thanksgiving.