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Averett with Penn State offer

Anthony Averett likes what is happening at Penn State.

A new feel to the program has him thinking about the Nittany Lions' future and not its recent scandalous past. A coaching staff full of former NFL coaches also has him intrigued.

“They were telling me about that,” the 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior from Woodbury (N.J.) High School said of the coaches' pedigrees. “I think that is great. New coaches. New era. Looks like they are changing some things up there and I like it.”

Those coaches like Averett as well, as evident by his scholarship offer he received from them on Saturday.

“It's a great program and has a lot of tradition,” Averett said.

Averett has proven to be a jack of all trades in high school, playing running back, quarterback, safety and cornerback while also returning kicks and punts. Averett ran for 1,060 yards and 13 touchdowns and passing for eight scores. Defensively, he intercepted four passes and forced two fumbles, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

“A lot of colleges see me as a cornerback or safety,” Averett said when asked what he's being recruited to play.

Averett also has scholarship offers from Rutgers, Syracuse, South Florida, East Carolina, West Virginia, Temple, Old Dominion and Alabama.