DALLAS, TX. (WCIA) — Calvin Avery’s presence doesn’t diminish off the football field.

“We call him just a bundle of joy and we’re going to miss that,” Bishop Dunne football coach Michael Johnson said.

Avery is hard to miss both on and off the field. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound defensive tackle is a staple on the Falcons program. The top 250 player nationally signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Illinois on Wednesday.

“He’s a confident player but you mention his size,” Illinois head coach Lovie Smith said. “We feel like he can be an impact player. Again, size has been talked about quite a bit. Just a good football player.”

It wasn’t always all jokes and smiles for Avery, who says originally he didn’t even want to transfer to Bishop Dunne. The 45-minute drive from his home, plus uniforms and rigorous academics, all seemed like too much for him at first.

“I cried because they told me I had to come to Bishop Dunne,” Avery said. “I really didn’t want to.”
 
A close, brotherly bond to teammate and fellow Illini signee Kievan Myers helped eased the transition. Myers transferred to Bishop Dunne shortly after Avery.

“Actually he was real bad,” Avery said about Myers. “He was like a real bad player. I know that’s my teammates and everything but that sophomore year was just horrible for him.”

“When I first got here I didn’t think I was that good,” Myers added. “But going against Calvin and Damion every day really made me better.”

“When those two get together, I guess you can’t say ‘Three Stooges,’ but they’re the Two Stooges,” Johnson said.

Now the pair can take that camaraderie to Champaign, where Avery says he has high hopes for his future in the Orange and Blue.

“I was just like, ‘Let me go ahead commit, sign, and just pray everything go right so that I can be a big factor in the school,'” he said.

A big factor, a big personality, and a big get for Coach Lovie Smith and his staff.