Friday, January 18, 2013
Introducing the class: Anthony Averett
By Greg Ostendorf
Alabama commit Anthony Averett liked the Tide from the start.
Editor's note: This is a series introducing Alabama's 2013 recruiting class that will run through signing day.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- When ESPN 300 athlete Anthony Averett visited Tuscaloosa the first time for Alabama’s spring game in April, he knew where he wanted to go. In fact, he committed to the Crimson Tide during that weekend. The New Jersey native will be back on campus this weekend for his official visit. The 6-foot, 170-pound Averett is expected to start out at cornerback when he gets to Alabama.
Q: What made you commit to Alabama?
A: I think it was the best fit because when I went to the A-Day game, I saw the people there and I saw the love for the game of football. It’s a different world than up here in New Jersey. Down there with the tailgating and the football, it’s football country, and I just fell in love with the atmosphere, the people and the fans. The coaching staff, too -- Coach Saban, he’s going to be coaching corners which is the position I’ll be playing. I’m going to be coached by the best. I know he’s the best out there.
Q: What’s life been like since your commitment?
A: Life’s been good. Now, there’s just a lot of pressure off me. Colleges started to fall back a little. It’s like a daily routine -- go to school, get my school work done, chill out with the team, stuff like that. I’m doing track now, too, but it’s still kind of like a daily routine.
Q: When did you first meet Coach Saban? What was that like?
A: I met him at A-Day. When I first shook his hand, I really couldn’t believe it. I always see this guy on TV, but I never really imagined myself meeting him. I was kind of speechless. I didn’t really know what to say. I was just looking at him like, ‘Wow, this is really happening.’
Q: What’s your favorite Alabama memory to this point?
A: One of my favorite games is probably the LSU game where T.J. Yeldon caught that screen pass, and he scored. I was pretty psyched. My whole family was watching that game. It was my homecoming night, and I was home, just watching it. I came home after homecoming. When I watched that, I was like ‘yes,’ because the whole time at homecoming I was pretty nervous. That was one of my favorite moments.
Q: What’s your goal when you get to Alabama?
A: When I get there, I’m just going to work hard, do well in conditioning, get better everyday and learn from Coach Saban and the other coaches. I’m going to try to make something of myself, win another championship while I’m there and have fun.
Q: Do you have a favorite play or memory from high school?
A: It would be one of my playoff games, the game to get to the championship game. It was against my best friend and his team, Glassboro. We were down 7-13, and there was like two minutes left on the clock. I’m the quarterback for my team, and we just had a last drive. It was one of those NFL moments with the two-minute drive. We drove up the field, and I threw like a 30-yard touchdown pass to put us up by one. We took the lead and won the game.
Favorite food: French fries and chicken
Dream car: Maybach
Number at Alabama: 4
Favorite NFL player: Deion Sanders
Dream vacation: Bahamas
Hobby: I like to chill with my friends, play video games. I like to sleep.
Music before a game: Maybach Music, Jay-Z, 2 Chainz