Ellsworth Community College Panther linebacker Devante Averette has committed to transfer to Oklahoma State University in December, where he'll become a member of the Cowboy football team for the 2014 season. Averette is playing for the ECC Panthers this fall and will transfer at the end of the semester.
"Devante is an extremely talented young man and very passionate about being successful," says ECC Head Football Coach Josh Lattimer. "The thing I am most proud of Devante for is not that he is a great player but he is going to be able to graduate in 18 months from Ellsworth Community College. He has devoted himself to being successful here on and off the field. I am sure he will do the same thing for the Cowboys at Oklahoma State. He will be a great addition to their program."
Lattimer says last season Averette, a native of Melvindale, MI, was the second leading tackler on the Panther team with 96 tackles, 62 of which were solo and 18 of which were tackles for a loss. He tallied 3.5 sacks (3 solo) and one interception, and was named to the 2012 All-Conference Second Team. As a result, jcfootball.com ranked him as the number two linebacker in the country.
This season Averette has had 67 tackles, 51 of which were solo 19 of which were tackles for a loss. He is currently averaging 13.4 tackles a game.
When asked why he chose Oklahoma State, Averette commented, "I liked the people on campus from the coaching staff, professors, players, and the football community. They were honest and up front with me from the get-go. They have a plan already set in place for me academically and it made me feel good to know that I will have a plan after football is over. Criminal Justice is going to be my major."
On the football side of things Averette had this to say, "Coach Spencer's defensive schemes are very similar to what Coach Lattimer's have been here at Ellsworth, and I feel like I can showcase my talents at Oklahoma State University. I'm very excited about putting on the Cowboys uniform!"