Michigan Picks Up 15th Commitment to the 2010 Class

Big House BobSenior Analyst IIJune 21, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 25:  Steven Threet #10 of the Michigan Wolverines passes the ball against Justin Kershaw #97 of the Michigan State Spartans during the game on October 25, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 35-21. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Michigan had offered Courtney Avery, a CB from Ohio, a scholarship on Friday. On Saturday, he decided the offer was too good to pass up and verbally gave his pledge to become a Wolverine in 2010.

Avery is a three star CB, as rated by Scout, and the No. 23 CB in the country. He mainly played QB for his high school, but his size, 5'10'' 165 pounds, is better suited for CB. The Michigan coaches got a good look at him at camp last week and liked what they saw and gave him an offer quickly.

Avery had committed to Stanford but decided to stay closer to home and attend Michigan.

He carries a 3.7 GPA and would like to be in the pre-med program at Michigan.

Player Notes

As mentioned above, Avery is a quarterback for his high school team, in addition to his duties in the defensive backfield. In fact, he is a rather excellent high school signal-caller, and was named his conference’s Offensive Player of the Year as a junior.

However, when he gets to Michigan, he will play strictly defensive back, where he tried out in summer camp. He has good hip fluidity and agility, which helps him make up for a slight lack in top-end speed.

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One of the biggest knocks on Avery is his size: he’s listed anywhere from 5'8'' to 5'10'', which is small even for a cornerback. However, he is rumored to be up to nearly 5'11'' now, which not only indicates that he’s made up some of the height disparity, but also that he may continue growing. By the time he hits campus, he could be as tall as 6'1''.

Camp offers are typically a time to say “throw out the rankings," since the coaches have been able to evaluate a prospect in the flesh.