Buckeyes Want a Juco OL: Avery Gennesy Interview
By Michael Chung
Ohio State is almost home with their OL recruiting for 2014. With Marcelys Jones, Kyle Trout, Jamarco Jones, and Demetrius Knox already committed, the Buckeyes are 65-90% finished with their OL, but they would like to add at least one more and maybe even two big bodies, and would love to add one Juco OL.
With 80% of the 2013 line graduating, there will be huge needs for 2014. A Juco OL could fill in the gaps. Ohio State already lost on Jermaine Eluemunor when he pledged for the Hogs and Bret Bielema and are recruiting Chad Mavety hard, so hard, that Urban Meyer is personally trying to recruit Mavety to OSU. But Meyer is in a dogfight with Jimbo Fischer of the Seminoles as well as Nick Saban of the defending national champions. To obtain Mavety will not be easy.
If Mavety decides not to become a Buckeye, another option is 6’4” 295 lbs. OT Avery Gennesy out of East Mississippi Junior College. With offers from Baylor, Georgia, Kansas State, Kentucky, Miss State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas Tech, Gennesy will not be easy to pry from Mississippi. He took time to update Ozone readers on his recruitment.
Ozone: What are Ohio State coaches telling you?
They like me a lot, how I move for a big man my size and am really excited about me.
Ozone: Which school is recruiting you the hardest?
Kentucky, pretty hard, one of my former d-line coaches is at UK now. OSU is recruiting me pretty hard too. They call me sometimes but we are all busy and not always able to connect.
Ozone: What have they told you in regards to Chad Mavety?
I do not know anything about him.
Ozone: What position would you play if you committed to OSU?
Left tackle. I fel very confident and comfortable there and have played there so long that it would be hard to play somewhere else. You are on an island when you are the LT and have to protect a right-handed QB’s blind side. You have to be good with your hands and technique. It is a really competitive part of football, which I like.
Ozone: How often do you talk to OSU coaches?
Every two weeks I talk to coach Tom Herman. I have not talked to Urban Meyer yet. I had practice and was not free when he was.
Ozone: Do you have a top 5?
No and I will probably announce after December. I do not want to announce early and de-commit; whatever school I pick I want to be excited for and have prayed about it a lot. I do want to de-commit so the school I chose is where I am going.
Ozone: Which coaching staff do you feel closest to?
I talk to all of them, none really stand out. Kentucky, OSU, TAMU, Tenn., Georgia are a few off the top of my head.
Ozone: Will OSU definitely take a JUCO?
They told me they need OL and feel like I am a good fit and have offered me. If I committed tonight they would probably say yes.
Ozone: How has playing at JUCO helped you as an OL?
I have learned more technique and am able to read defensive schemes better. I have not only watched film but put the techniques into practice.
Where was your dream school out of HS?
I liked Alabama a lot growing up. They have not offered.
Favorite food? Chicken but I eat everything.
Favorite iPod song? I do not have an iPod and I listen to all types of music.
Favorite Book? The Bible
College Major? Communications and sports broadcasting
How do you spend your free time? Sleeping
Favorite NFL team? Baltimore Ravens