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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Watch List athlete Autry likes plan

By Radi Nabulsi

ESPN Watch List athlete Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) has close to 20 offers, some as a running back, some as a receiver but most  are just as an all-around offensive threat. He plays the slot, runs out of the backfield and even plays quarterback occasionally for the state champion Blue Devils. Where does Autry hope to line up in college? Simply put, everywhere.

That is why Autry liked what he heard from Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon while he visited the Bulldogs on Saturday.

Myles Autry
Myles Autry played with an injured knee in the state championship game and has since had surgery.
“He told me yesterday he’s got me as an athlete,” Autry said. “I told him how I really like to be played. I don’t like to be just in one place all the time. I like to be moved around a lot; so one play at receiver and the next play at running back then maybe at quarterback. That’s how I like to be played and Coach McClendon understood me. He said he’s looking forward to putting me in like that.”

“I mean, Athens is a great place,” Autry said. “Every time I go there I’m guaranteed to have fun. Yesterday I had a great time there. I got to meet mostly all the coaches. I got to meet the weight-training coach. I got to sit down with Coach McClendon in the film room, Coach showed me where I could be, playing running back in space and punt returns and kick returns and stuff like that. Then I went out and had fun with Kevin [Mouhon] and Lorenzo [Carter]. I talked to Coach [Mark] Richt. I had a great time in Athens. They caught my attention.”

Autry will compare the Bulldogs’ program with one of their SEC rivals when he travels to Tennessee next weekend. He also plans to return to Athens.

“Yeah, I definitely will visit again,” Autry said. “I’ll probably go back sometime in the summer.”

The 6-foot, 175-pound junior hurt his knee last season but still played in the state championship game to help spark the Blue Devils when they were struggling. It was a heroic move, but playing on the torn ACL. MCL and meniscus could have ended his career. As it stands now, Autry plans to be ready to go by next season.

“My knee’s good,” Autry said. “I’m rehabbing and feeling a lot better. I had surgery on Jan 15.

I feel like I’ll be all right by next season. They said I should be back to full speed cuts and stuff in May, but the coaches pulled me from all that stuff with the 7-on-7 and spring ball. I’m not going to play the scrimmage game, either. So I’ll be back the very first game.”