"We are just trying to make some noise in the playoffs this season," Avery said. "We are trying to win a championship. Coach is always telling us about making it to Jackson (State Championship). We just have to play more as a team and grow up some. Coach McCoy is always telling us to keep grinding."
Avery has been doing just that, grinding, over the past few months.
"I am up to 230-pounds now. I ran a 4.51 at the All-American combine. My game is coming around pretty good. I really know the plays, and I have good closing speed. I need to keep working on my coverages. I am good at speed rushing and knowing where the plays are going. My tackling has really improved too. I am more fundamentally sound now."
Last season Genard led his defense in tackles and sacks. He finished the year with 111 tackles, 6 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles.
"I made 1st Team (Class 6A) All-State. I just want to keep working on
reading my keys and to never give up on a play. I just know a lot more about
the game of football than I did say my sophomore season. I want to be named
to the Dandy Dozen team this season and lead my team to the 6A Championship
Avery plays along side Shareef White to give the Chargers the top linebacker duo inside the state of Mississippi.
"I play inside and he plays outside. We have so much fun playing together. Before every game we make a bet with one another who will get the most tackles and impact plays in the game. That is what makes us so good. We just push one another to keep up with the other one. We are real competitive against one another but in a good way."
Which colleges are showing Avery the most interest at the present time?
"A lot, really. Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, USM, LA Lafayette, Memphis, UCLA, and Missouri."
"I am working on it. Shareef got an offer from Ole Miss at outside linebacker. We have been talking about playing together at Ole Miss since we were like a little kid. Everybody wants us to go to Ole Miss from around our community. I can see myself there personally if they offer me. I am working on it. We are going over there for their Jr Day in April."
What is Ole Miss telling Genard?
"They said to wait my turn. It is coming. I just love their staff. They make me feel so welcomed every time I am over there. I talk to coach (Matt) Luke all of the time. I like how they get their adrenaline going when they play football. They play with an attitude. I just love the atmosphere up there. I just feel at home at Ole Miss. Like I said, they said to stay patient and an offer will be coming my way. That is what I am trying to do."
There is actually another school inside the state of Mississippi that he believes is closest to offering first.
"I think Mississippi State is closest. I love everything about MSU. I like their coaches there too, especially their linebacker coach, Collins. They have a great campus too. I went to their Jr Day last month. They said they were were looking at six linebackers for two to three spots, and I was one of them. They are looking at three from Mississippi, one from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida."
Are there any schools that Genard would like to start recruiting him harder?
"I would say Georgia. I just love Georgia. To be honest everybody wants to go to Alabama because they just are a winning team and they put a lot of linebackers in the NFL. I would say those are the two schools I would like to start hearing more from."
What will Avery focus on when it comes decision time?
"I want a chance to start my freshman year. I want to get my degree so I will have something to fall back on after I am done playing football. My mother will have the biggest influence in my decision. She just tells me to go with my heart and do not look back."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org