N.J. DB Averett commits to Alabama

The University of Alabama landed its tenth commitment for 2013 on Saturday when N.J. athlete Anthony Averett gave a verbal pledge to the Crimson Tide. Averett, who was in town for A-Day, is excited to now be a part of Bama nation.

“I think I’m part of the family now,” Averett said. “Bama nation, they all love me, they treat me like family down here. It’s definitely a pleasure.

“First, it was the academics. That’s a big thing. Also, Nick Saban, he’s the defensive back coach. I like their whole coaching staff, and the defense is crazy. Everybody, like I said, Bama nation, everybody loves Alabama.”

Averett broke the news to Saban after the spring game, and the Crimson Tide head coach was happy to have the newest commitment on board.

“He just gave me a handshake, a hug and said, ‘it’s a pleasure to have you,’” Averett said. “He can’t wait to get a hold of me, work me out, teach me and coach me up.”

In high school, the 6-foot, 170-pound prospect plays quarterback and all over the secondary, but the UA coaching staff likes him as a cornerback at the next level, and he’s excited to work under Saban when gets to Alabama.

“I can learn from the best,” Averett said. “He’s a legendary coach. He has three national championships, two at Alabama. He’s a legend. Why not?”

This weekend marked the first time Averett had been to Tuscaloosa, and he and his family received a full tour of the university, including the facilities, the weight room and the academic side of it.

“The weight room was the best of the best,” Averett said. “The strength coach, Scott Cochran, he’s got a lot of energy. I liked him. With academics, they were second in graduation rate, so that’s definitely a plus. I liked it all.”

The visit was highlighted by the Tide’s spring game where he saw over 78,000 fans pile into Bryant-Denny Stadium to watch this year’s team play against each other.

“It was almost like game day, but they say game day is even better, so I can’t wait to see that,” Averett said. “The stadium was huge, a lot of people, a lot of red and white. It was a good thing. I liked it.”

Averette chose the Tide over other SEC schools like South Carolina and Tennessee. He had over a dozen offers when he committed, but he doesn’t expect to change his mind.

“I’m very solid about this decision.”