Name: Sean Avant
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: (Redshirt) Junior
Hometown: Miramar, Fla.
High School: Miramar
2015 Stats: Avant played in eight games for the Syracuse Orange last season, catching only four passes for a total of 37 yards.
2016 Projections: Avant was listed behind both Brisly Estime and Jacob Hill at one of the "inside receiver" positions on the post-spring depth chart released by Syracuse football. While this is an offense that will require a lot of personnel at the skill positions due to its fast pace, Avant does have two players in front of him at his position, and that doesn't even include the other "inside receiver" position on the depth chart.
How'd He Get Here?: He originally committed to Florida International, but after their head coach was fired, he flipped his commitment to Syracuse thanks to our old friend George McDonald. Other than SU and FIU, Avant also had offers from West Virginia, Wake Forest, UCF and Dino Babers's old school, Bowling Green.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say?: Rivals, Scout and 247Sports all gave him a three-star rating.
Money Quote: Asked how have his multiple concussions affected the way he plays the game, Avant said:
"Well, it affected it a lot because football is a full-speed sport. Now that I've had so many concussions, I tend to think about all those concussions and, you know, everything after, like all the affects that it had. So, I think about everything, like I read the defense more, or sometimes I think about it and run slower. It's just in my head, so it really affected me. Knowing that I signed a letter that said 'one more concussion and I'm not playing football anymore', it's like, everything that I've based my life around...and I have to give it up if I get hit again. So, it affected it a lot."
Twitterfeed: Avant isn't on Twitter.
Tweets of Wonder: This is back from Avant's days in high school, but his coach called it one of the toughest catches he's seen.
What Does Babers Think of Him?: Babers hasn't had anything to say specifically about Avant, but he had a great quote about the offense as a whole after the spring game. "The tempo (of the offense) was okay. We'll never be that slow again."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Avant attended the same high school that has produced former West Virginia stars and current NFL players Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey.
Let's Get A Good Look Atcha: Here's a brief interview from last year with Avant.