Prep rivals Dawson, Avery headed to same college

Grayson second baseman Jeril Dawson and Shiloh infielder Cletis Avery opposed each other in Region 8-AAAAAA battles in their high school careers, but will be teammates in college.

Each has signed to play college baseball at St. John's River State College in Palatka, Fla.

Dawson was a second-team All-County selection by the Daily Post as a junior in 2012, and hit .282 with two home runs, 21 RBIs, 27 runs and nine stolen bases in helping the Rams (19-10) to the Class AAAAAA state playoffs this spring.

Avery, meanwhile, posted team highs with five homers and 26 RBIs, to go along with a .333 average, 24 runs and a 1.095 OPS, as the Generals (14-12) posted their third straight winning season for the first time since 1998-2000.

Five other Shiloh players recently signed to play college baseball.

Leading the way is first baseman Kyle Lewis, another 2012 Daily Post second-team All-County selection, who is headed to play at Mercer after hitting .417 with four homers, 24 RBIs and a 1.192 OPS this spring.

Two more Generals, Jeremy Glore (.333, 2 HR, 20 RBIs, .968 OPS) and JaMarkus George (3-2, 3.96 ERA, 42 K, 40 IP) will be playing at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., while 2012 first-team Daily Post All-County infielder Marcus McCorkle (.446, 2 HR, 18 RBIs, 27 R, 1.307 OPS) is staying local to play at Georgia Gwinnett College and Chase Waters (.264, 16 RBIs, 17 R) is headed to Alabama State.