Today's Throwback Thursday? Jason Avant was a four-star ranked wide receiver from Carver Military Academy, who will be entering his 9th season in the NFL. Avant spent the previous eight years with the Philadelphia Eagles before signing a free agent contact with the Panthers this past Monday.
Name: Jason Avant
High School: Carver Military Academy
High School measureables: 6'0" | 200 lbs.
Graduation Year: 2002
Position: Wide Receiver
Rivals.com ranking? Avant was ranked as a four-star recruit and the 13th best receiver in the nation. Avant was also a Top 4 recruit in the State of Illinois in 2002 per Rivals.com.
Avant was a two-way standout player for Carver. He started his high school career at Decatur MacArthur before moving and relocating to Chicago before his sophomore year. Avant gave Michigan his verbal commitment on Nov. 30, 2001 and signed with the Wolverines the following February. He made official visits to Michigan, Illinois and Tennessee before pledging to the Wolverines. Avant was a three-year starter for Michigan, and was named as the team's Most Valuable Player following his senior season. Avant was a fourth-round selection of the Eagles in the 2002 NFL Draft.
EDGY's early impressions of Avant? I first met Avant after his sophomore season at Carver. He attended a Rivals.com Junior Day event at Naperville North. He was a highly athletic recruit who played well on both sides of the ball at the high school level. Avant showed exceptional skills, and as a sophomore at Carver he was usually the best player on the field. Off the field? A quiet, yet highly intelligent kid who approached the game in a very professional manner. Avant, even in high school, had the feel of a player who had the makings of someone who was primed for bigger and better things.
When Jason Avant was a freshman at Decatur MacArthur, he was in the same graduating class as fellow Generals D1 recruits: wide receiver Dante Ridgeway (Ball State/NFL/Arena League), outside linebacker Andrico Spates (Ball State), and Class of 2003 nationally ranked defensive tackle Lawrence "Mo" Dampeer.