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Oklahoma State football: Devante Averette brings versatility at linebacker

Junior-college standout has already enrolled at OSU and will participate in spring drills.
By Gina Mizell Published: January 14, 2014

— Devante Averette could be painting a fence.

Or he could be writing a paper.

Or he could be running down a ball-carrier in the backfield.

Doesn't matter what the task is for the Oklahoma State signee.

“He's one of those types of people that just he wants to be the best at everything, from video games to working out to playing in a live game,” said Josh Lattimer, Averette's coach at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

The next project for one of the top junior-college linebackers in the nation will be filling an immediate void for OSU. The Cowboys lose two prominent starters at the position in Shaun Lewis and Caleb Lavey, plus a key reserve in Joe Mitchell.

At 6 feet tall and 230 pounds, Averette brought explosiveness and athleticism to the junior-college ranks, transitioning from purely rushing the edge in high school to also playing in the box. The results were stellar, as he compiled 92 tackles (29 for loss) and four sacks in seven games to earn first-team All-America honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association.

“His knowledge grew tremendously while he was here at Ellsworth,” Lattimer said. “He was a very raw talent coming out of high school, and he's still got a lot of room to grow.”

Averette, a three-star prospect, told Rivals shortly following his commitment in early October that Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer envisions a similar role for him at OSU. He'll likely play weakside linebacker and at the hybrid “Leo” spot on third down.

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