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Mark Richt and Tech’s Paul Johnson show up at Norcross on same day

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UGA’s Mark Richt and Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson were both at Norcross High School on Monday.

It’s not often when both head coaches of the in-state rivals are the same high school at the same time on the recruiting trail — especially less than 10 days before signing day.

The two coaches were at Norcross for different reasons.

Richt was at Norcross in the morning in advance for his in-home visit on Monday night with defensive end Lorenzo Carter, the state’s No. 1 overall football prospect. Carter has UGA, Florida, FSU and LSU as his leaders.

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Johnson was at Norcross to follow up on “athlete” Myles Autry, who took an official visit to Georgia Tech this past weekend. Johnson was accompanied by Yellow Jackets defensive coordinator, Ted Roof.

“It was good visit to Georgia Tech,” Autry said on Monday. “I had a great time. I had a great time with my mom. I got to hang out with my brother and stuff. Coach Johnson and Coach Roof are here at Norcross right now.”

Autry has narrowed down to Georgia Tech and FSU, and will announce between the two schools on signing day. Autry will make an official visit with FSU on Friday.

On a scale of 1-10, Autry awarded a “9” to his Georgia Tech trip because, “I had a great time there with my brother and my family.”

His older brother, Anthony Autry, plays wide receiver at Georgia Tech, and their mother wants them to stay together in college.

Autry reported to Georgia Tech last Friday afternoon, went back to Norcross on Saturday morning to take the SAT. He returned to his official visit that afternoon, and then finished the next morning with a one-on-one meeting on Sunday morning with Johnson.

“Coach Johnson feels like with the offense that they run, I fit best there,” said Autry, who plays both running back and wide receiver. “And if I went there, I could do some big things at Georgia Tech. They were telling me that I would really do well.”

Has Georgia Tech put any pressure on Autry to commit? “No, not really. They want me to talk to my mom, and make the right decision.”

Unlike the surrounding states of Florida, Alabama and Tennessee, UGA and Georgia Tech rarely go head-to-head in recruiting homegrown players. There was only one 2014 player from Georgia where that happened (Brooks County High School defensive back Malkom Parrish).

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