One of the state’s top college football prospects from 2011 is interested in returning home to play for UGA or Georgia Tech.
Avery Sebastian was a 4-star safety who signed with Cal out of Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy. Sebastian (then “Avery Walls”) was rated as the state’s No. 11 overall prospect by Rivals in his class.
This weekend, Sebastian announced that he has decided to leave Cal and play next season at another school as a grad student. He earned his degree in Sociology from Cal this month, and will be immediately eligible to play next season.
“I’ve already gotten my release from Cal,” Sebastian told the AJC on Sunday night. “I could start talking to other schools immediately as tonight. I’m able to enroll January at a program that wants me. I already have my grad school recommendations and stuff ready for applications. I’m ready to start talking to some schools now.”
Sebastian said he is open to all schools, and that he’d like to get a look from both in-state colleges.
“UGA? That would be nice to play there, being that my parents live near there,” Sebastian said. “UGA is close to home, and I know they need some defensive backs. I know a lot of people that go to school there, and they’ve had a great football program over the years. That would definitely be a school I’d consider.”
And what about Georgia Tech? “One of my good friends, D.J. White, is a starting cornerback for them,” he said. “We stay in contact. They have a really good academic program there. They had a really strong team this year.”
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound is known for his physical style of play (as evidence by his highlight tape below). He was an honorable mention on the All-Pac-12 team for special teams in 2012, but has been hindered by injuries the last two seasons. He played in seven games this season, registering 21 tackles and an interception.
“My first two years when I played the rover position, I was Pac-12 honorable mention,” he said. “Coming out of high school, I was a 4-star recruit and I played a lot at rover. The last two years, I got to play more at free safety. I’ve played a lot of positions, and I’ve had a lot of fun at them. I’ll play wherever I can help out a team.”
Some other schools that he’s interested in are UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Ohio State, Nebraska. Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, and everybody in the SEC.
“Everything is so new that I haven’t talked to anybody yet,” he said. “I just got my release on Friday evening. Compliance sent me my release. I’m not sure how it works with schools, but I think they have to contact my compliance office first and get the release statement from them.
“I think things will start to pick up this week.”
Sebastian wants to get his masters in sports management or communications.