"I'm going to be honest," Avery said. "It felt like home up there. It has such a great environment. I am going to be a Tiger."
This weekend's official visit to Memphis sealed the deal.
"Yea, I committed to Memphis. I talked to my mom and she was happy too. She didn't get a chance to go on my visit with me this weekend to Memphis, but where I am happy she is happy. That was important to me. As my said, if we can't be a Rebel we need to go somewhere that we can beat the Rebels."
The homey feeling that the '13 First Team All-Selection felt on the Memphis campus was different than the rest.
"It was alright at the other schools but it did not feel like it did at Memphis. I just love that place. I feel I can help change the program. Coach said that they were underdogs, and I am an underdog. I feel like it is the perfect fit. I belong there. It feels like home up there."
The 6' 2", 240-pounder starred at the defensive end position in the MS/AL All-Star game but he will play his more natural position.
"I am playing middle linebacker at Memphis. I want to start as a true freshman and get All-American. I want to have a breakout year but most importantly getting that starting job is my number one goal."
Genard had one last thing to say to the Memphis fans.
Avery was named the he MVP for Region 1 (6A) after collecting over 110 tackles.