At the start of training camp, Rutgers football has added another player to the mix. Former 3-star cornerback Kareem Felder from the class of 2016 has joined the program. An important note is that Felder has actually changed his name to Tre Avery, which he is listed as on the Rutgers official roster. The former Ohio State signee never enrolled there due to academic issues, per Cleveland.com, and ended up at Toledo to get on track academically. He has joined Rutgers on scholarship, but will sit out this season due to transfer rules and have three seasons of eligibility remaining, per NJ Advance Media’s Ryan Dunleavy’s article here.
During his initial recruitment, Avery held an impressive offer list, in addition to Ohio State, including Alabama, Clemson, Miami, Nebraska, Iowa, Virginia Tech and Rutgers, among others, per 247 Sports. The Balitmore native was offered by the previous Rutgers staff, but current head coach Chris Ash is obviously very familiar with Avery after recruiting him while serving as defensive coordinator at Ohio State.
The Maryland native is very athletic and ran back kicks in high school, in addition to being a shutdown corner. The 5’10” Avery brings speed and physical play to the Rutgers secondary, something that Ash has focused on since his arrival.
Ash continues to add talent to the roster through the transfer route, something that has helped improve the depth within the program. However, Ash did announce that Georgia transfer Jawuan Briscoe, is not with the program at the moment and his future with Rutgers is in doubt. Ryan Dunleavy of NJ Advance Media has more to the story.
Welcome to the Banks, Tre Avery!
Here are highlights from his high school career.