Neeo Avery is one of the more intriguing prospects in the Class of 2023.
The first thing that stands out about Avery, who’s from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Maryland, is that he’s a 6-foot-6, 235 pound quarterback. It’s rare to see a player with this size, combined with the skill level Avery possesses. The other thing that really excites coaches about Avery is that he’s just learning the quarterback position. Last season was his first time playing quarterback, so he has so much more to learn and time to develop at the position.
Despite being raw, the potential is there, which is why he’s earned Power Five offers now from Pitt, Maryland, Michigan State, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Penn State.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Avery following his phone call on Friday with Andre Powell and Pitt.
“All this attention I’m receiving is very exciting and very humbling,” Avery told PSN. “A lot of hard work that I’m putting in on and off the field is paying off. I believe that these offers are coming because colleges are just starting to watch my tape and realizing that I’m not your average quarterback and my play style is different than most quarterbacks.
“I’ve only been playing quarterback for three years now. I think my experience at different positions, playing multiple positions on defense and understanding coverages and being able to break things down on a mental level. I believe that gives me an advantage over other quarterbacks that haven’t played other positions aside from quarterback.”
As Avery mentioned, he’s played on both sides of the ball but a couple of years, but he decided to make the switch to quarterback. What went into that decision?
— Neeo Avery (@Neeo_avery) April 11, 2021
“I’ve always played on offense too,” said Avery. “I’ve been the kid that coaches would switch to whatever position they needed. I’ve played running back, quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, defensive end, middle linebacker, pretty much everywhere on the field. I decided however that once I got to high school, I wanted to concentrate and play just one position and that was quarterback.
“As far as the type of quarterback I am, I look at myself as a dual-threat quarterback. I can throw the ball extremely well but I’m not afraid to get out of the pocket and go get the first down myself. One thing that I’m trying to work on is my footwork. Last season, was my first high school year every playing quarterback because my freshman year I broke my leg. So last season, my footwork was terrible and halfway through the season, I got better with that and my passes became more efficient, everything started to click and the game started to slow down for me.”
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— Neeo Avery (@Neeo_avery) March 7, 2021
Pat Narduzzi and Pitt are one of the schools that are impressed with Avery, as he officially received the news of the Pitt offer from Andre Powell.
“I walked in the school this morning (Friday) and my defensive line coach, Coach Mack, called me into his office and handed me the phone and Coach Powell was on the phone,” said Avery. “He told me that they love my play style, we think that we can use you at multiple positions along with quarterback and that we just loved everything we saw on film. Me personally, I love the Pitt program and everything about it. I really like how they run their offense.”
— Neeo Avery (@Neeo_avery) March 2, 2021
Avery might get his first look at Pitt next month as he told PSN that he wants to attend one of their prospect camps in June.