Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Courtney Avery: 2010 Michigan Wolverine -- Cornerback -- Signing Day Recap

Posted at 4:00pm -- 2/16/2010

Courtney Avery: 2010 Michigan Wolverine

Height: 5'10
Weight: 165 lbs.
Position: Cornerback
High School: Lexington Minutemen (Ohio)
Head Coach: B.J. Payne
Recruiter: Coach Bruce Tall
Class: 2010 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed)

Courtney was a four-year starter at quarterback for his high school team. He is a very good overall athlete and is one of those athletes that the phrase “like having a quarterback as a defensive back” was coined for. His knowledge of routes and offensive design and execution is a huge plus in our opinion.

Courtney has nice, quick feet and shows very good change of direction. He has a smooth easy backpedal, with very good transition from a back pedal to running gear and then changing to backpedaling forward. His hips are also very good and a minimum of tightness is evident.

Are you as a reader a strong believer in the value of intangibles? Then rejoice, Courtney is a very solid student and appears to have the get it factor.

Needs work:
Courtney is not as physical as we prefer and can benefit from increased strength training and weight. Courtney also has had some problems with jamming while in press coverage. He has average top end speed for a defensive back, but again we hope that some time with Coach Barwis can help improve these qualities. His film indicated a couple of opportunities to punish wide receivers and he did not.

Courtney reminds GBMW of this former Michigan Wolverine:
Marcus Curry -- As for why Curry, Courtney is the same size and build, with similar movement skills. Curry also played some quarterback in high school, we believe. Curry was not a star, but was a multiple year starter and made two NFL practice squads. UM will gladly take another cornerback that is good enough to get a legit shot at the NFL. Marcus Curry was a second-team All Big Ten selection one season when he recorded about 50 tackles.

Red-shirt or play his freshman year:
Very likely to red-shirt.

Where do they rank him:
ESPN: 2-Star .. #94 at position.
Rivals: 3-Star .. #N/A at position.
Scout: 3-Star .. #35 at position.

Final Thoughts:
GBMW went and observed Courtney in person and was impressed with his athletic ability. He was by far the best player on the field. The problem is (in evaluation) not many teams went after him while he played defensive back, so it becomes difficult to precisely judge how Courtney will do going up against better talent. He has good speed, a smooth backpedal and a quick change of direction. He will help the depth chart in the defensive backfield.

Written by GBMW Staff

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