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Nebraska is still heavily recruiting 4-star defensive tackle Calvin Avery, despite what appears to be dwindling interest from Avery.
Land of 10 caught up with Avery at the Under Armour All-American Camp Series in New Jersey over the weekend. The Bishop Dunne (Texas) High School defensive lineman said Nebraska defensive line coach John Parrella and 2017 signee (and fellow teammate) Damion Daniels are recruiting him pretty hard to Lincoln.
“Coach Parrella and Damion (Daniels) keep bothering me and won’t leave me alone,” Avery joked. “(Damion) basically says, ‘I know you’re going to miss playing next to me,’ and stuff like that. He’s just constantly telling me how big we could be on the same college team.”
Avery is rated the No. 18 defensive tackle in the 2018 class and No. 22 player from Texas.
He holds 24 offers, most recently from Florida State and Arkansas. Avery visited Nebraska for the spring game on April 15.
The lineman said other schools “showing a lot of love” include Oklahoma, USC, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU and Washington.
He’s trying to set up visits to Washington, Notre Dame and USC and will likely trim his list of schools from 12 to 10 this summer. That list could feature some new additions that weren’t in top 12, he said.
Nebraska was in his original top 12, along with Arkansas, Arizona State, Colorado, Illinois, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas, USC and Washington.
Avery is looking to commit shortly after his senior season at Bishop Dunne and doesn’t plan to enroll early.
He’ll “probably” use all five official visits, and those would be used for campuses that are far away.
The 247sports crystal ball used to be in Nebraska’s favor but a flurry of predictions for Avery to end up at TCU have come in the past few days.
It was a big weekend for two 2018 Nebraska commits.
The first was 4-star athlete Chase Williams, who earned MVP honors at The Opening camp in Oakland, Calif.
— Brian Stumpf (@Stumpf_Brian) May 22, 2017
Williams is from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Corona, Calif. He committed to Nebraska on April 23 following his visit to Lincoln for the spring game.
Though labeled a receiver on 247Sports, Williams was recruited to Nebraska to play defensive back. The invitation to compete in The Opening clearly showed why cornerbacks coach Donte Williams was so high on the 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back.
Williams will join fellow 2018 Nebraska commit 4-star cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles at The Opening finals later this summer.
Jurgens competed at a Rivals camp near St. Louis on Sunday and earned a ticket to the Rivals 5-Star Challenge later this summer.
— Matt Lothrop (@MattLothrop7) May 22, 2017
Jurgens, from Beatrice, Neb., is the No. 5 tight end in the 2018 class and No. 1 player in Nebraska.
He said last week he’s being recruited heavily by UCLA and LSU, and is even thinking about visiting those schools, but will stay with his Nebraska commitment.
Even before the Rivals invitation, Jurgens’ weekend began with a bang after he won the state title in the shot put.
— LJS Prep Extra (@PrepExtra) May 20, 2017