February 8, 2013

Autry in high demand

running back Myles Autry made a name for himself in his junior year, and he did so with more than just his electric play on the field.

The star junior played in the state championship game for the Blue Devils despite a torn ACL and MCL, and scored his team's first touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter with a 12-yard touchdown reception that sparked an 11-point comeback.

Since that title game, Autry has had surgery to repair the torn ligaments in his knee but has still consistently raked in offers from BCS programs.

Last Saturday Autry and a couple of his teammates, Lorenzo Carter and Kevin Mouhon, make the short trip over to Athens despite having a number of other options.

"I had choices to go to Alabama, Clemson, and Florida State, but I found out that Lorenzo was going to Georgia so we usually go to visits all together, so we chose to go to Georgia," Autry said of his day trip to the Classic City.

Autry visited UGA once during the 2012 season when the Bulldogs took on Tennessee, but this was an opportunity for him to really get a chance to know the coaches.

"It was good," he said. "This was my second time really going to Athens and looking around and stuff. It was a good time for me talking with all the coaches and stuff. I talked a lot with Coach (Bryan) McClendon. He showed me all the plays that I could be in that would put me in space and stuff like that. I had a good time."

Being one of only a few recruits on campus gave Autry plenty of one-on-one time with his UGA recruiter and prospective position coach, and that gave McClendon a chance to show the Rivals250 junior how he could be used if he chooses to go to college at Georgia.

"It was just me and Coach McClendon in one room," Autry said. "He showed me all the offensive positions I could play. He showed me how they put their running backs in space and he showed me some of the things they do with the slot receivers and how that could be me. We were in the film room for at least an hour and a half going over plays and showing me where I could be if I come here."

This visit was also a chance for Autry to get to know McClendon on a personal level, and he likes what he knows thus far.

"He's a cool guy," he said. "He's young. He has played. He went to Georgia and he's a cool guy. Just being in the film room and talking with him, all you can say is that he is just a great coach and a great guy."

UGA is a program that hasn't been mentioned a lot by Autry despite the fact that he grew up less than an hour away.

Ohio State, Oregon, and other programs have been brought up most when discussing Autry's recruitment, but Saturday's trip to Athens may have changed things a big.

"I'd say Georgia got my attention," he said. "I really wasn't looking at Georgia like that, but now that I have gone there and spent time with coaches and looked around, I really like Georgia a lot. Just me being around and talking with the coaches and having a good time and having a good time last time, it really caught my attention."

With big time programs coming from every direction, what is next for the Norcross prospect?

"Right now, I'm trying to visit Tennessee with Lorenzo and Kevin," Autry said of his future plans. "It is really his (Lorenzo's) choice because we ride with his family. We have agreed that we will go to Tennessee next weekend. I'm trying to go up to Ohio State to one of their spring practices. Those are the only two teams that are planned. I'm going to try to go to Alabama sometime, too. This summer I'm going to visit Notre Dame and I'm going to try to visit Oklahoma State. Those are the teams I'm really trying to go visit."

One thing that many people don't know about Autry is the fact that he is a FCS caliber basketball recruit as well.

Playing both sports at the next level is something that could play a big factor in his recruitment going forward.

"It means a lot," Autry said of the opportunity to play hoops at the next level. "Me playing basketball and football and any chance I could have to do both would be big. I'm sad I couldn't play this year, but I'm still trying to play. I know it is going to be hard in college because you won't have any free time. I talk to all the coaches about me playing basketball and most schools say I can play. So it all depends."

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