Posted: 8:53 am Monday, May 5th, 2014

Recruiting Rewind: Georgia Tech’s top recruit switched on signing day 

By Michael Carvell

Myles Autry celebrates Georgia Tech with his brother (AJC)

Myles Autry celebrates Georgia Tech with his brother (AJC)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson got his first-ever commitment in front of ESPN cameras on national signing day with Myles Autry.

The 3-star athlete from Norcross High School put on a baseball cap from Georgia Tech over Florida State this past February.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder told the AJC that he secretly intended to go to FSU until having a conversation with his family on the morning of signing day. His older brother, Anthony Autry, already plays on Georgia Tech’s football team.

“Florida State did a great job of recruiting me,” he said. “To tell you the truth, that was the school I was going to sign with initially. The only person that knew was my mom.

“On signing day, I changed my mind. I talked to both coaches that morning. I talked to my family, and we sorted it all out. I decided that I really wanted to play with my brother and makes things happen at Georgia Tech. That made my mom smile.”

Autry was Georgia Tech’s top-rated signee for 2014. He was ranked as the state’s No. 28 prospect and the nation’s No. 344 overall recruit.

Here’s the rest of the Q&A:

FSU's Jimbo Fisher

FSU’s Jimbo Fisher

Funniest thing a college coach said to you? “When Jimbo Fisher was talking to my mom, he was like ‘We went Myles, we want Myles. If he doesn’t commit here, I would rather him play overseas because I don’t want to go against him.’ That was pretty funny.”

Your biggest regret? “I should’ve taken all five of my official visits. That was my fault. I sort of stalled on things.

Where else would you have gone? Oregon and Ohio State for sure, and probably Oklahoma State.

Early in the recruiting process, you often talked about how much you liked UGA. What happened there? “At first, I really liked Georgia. It was just my mom is all about family. She felt like if I went to Georgia and was going against my brother, she wouldn’t like that. I love to see my mom smile. I would never make a decision where I knew she would be unhappy. That would be wrong on my part. So UGA, for myself, I loved Georgia. They would’ve been in my top three, if it were up to me. I loved my visits to Georgia and talking to the coaches. But I feel like my mom wouldn’t have been happy if I had committed there. I feel like going to Georgia Tech with my brother made my mom happy. I love to make my mom smile.”

How much negative recruiting was out there? “There was a lot. UGA did that a little bit. Even Tech did it. The only school I can say that didn’t talk about other schools was Florida State. They didn’t say anything bad about anybody. But everybody else said stuff about each other. It was crazy.”

What did UGA say? “They talked about if I come there, ‘We’ll smack on Georgia Tech multiple times. I know you want to smack up on your brother. He plays for Georgia Tech, and you can smack up on him if you play here. Multiple times.’”

What about Georgia Tech? “I wouldn’t be able to tell you exactly but I remember some stuff they said.”

WR-RB Myles Autry was Georgia Tech top-rated signee for 2014. (AJC)

WR-RB Myles Autry was Georgia Tech’s top-rated signee for 2014. (AJC)

Which non-Tech coach was the nicest? “Jimbo Fisher. I feel like we had a connection. I really felt comfortable around him. And then Mark Richt and (Tennessee’s) Butch Jones.”

Which coach was not so nice? “Nick Saban. I’m not talking bad about him, but … I don’t know. When I met him, it was quick and he didn’t really have anything to say. That’s the only coach that was like that. He didn’t really talk to me. He just said ‘hey’ and took off. And that was the first time I ever spoke to Coach Saban. I never talked to him on the phone. My first time in even speaking to him was that day in person. And it was like a quick ‘hey’ and really distant. With him being one of the top recruiters in the nation, I expected a little more than that. Even though a good friend of mine, (former Norcross running back) Alvin Kamara, went to Alabama, I guess Coach Saban had an attitude against me because Alvin wasn’t doing well there. I didn’t have any control over that. I didn’t like the vibe between us. Like I said, I’m not talking bad about him. I heard he’s a great coach. It was just my first time meeting (Saban), and it didn’t go like I expected.”

Alvin Kamara transferred from Alabama after his freshman season. Do you think that situation affected your recruitment by Alabama? “I understand why Alvin left with what was going on between him and Alabama. I understand why he left. I don’t want to say (Kamara’s situation) affected how they recruited me. But I don’t know. Whatever was going on between Alvin and Alabama, it shouldn’t have affected me. I don’t know. Alabama probably knew they didn’t have a chance and never showed me any love. But other schools knew I wasn’t going to their school, and they still showed me love.”

Most creative thing a college did to get your attention? “It was Tennessee. When I went on a visit there, the running backs coach put up some video up on a flat screen TV. It said ‘Freshman All-American’ and it had my name and rushing yards on the video. He would show me a play that they would run at Tennessee, and the next slide would be a play that my high school at Norcross would run. It really impressed me.”

How far did it go with Tennessee? “It went far. They were in my top eight. They just wanted a decision too soon. They were trying to pressure me to commit early, and that really didn’t work out so well. But I liked Tennessee, and I really liked everything about there (on my unofficial visit).”

Biggest rumor that wasn’t true? That I was secretly committed to Florida State. That went on for a while. I was never committed to Florida State. I wanted to go there, but I didn’t let anybody know.”

What about the chatter that you and your teammate, Lorenzo Carter (who signed with UGA), were a package deal early in the recruiting process? “When he first got to Norcross (as a junior), it was funny. We were talking about going to Georgia Tech together when they first offered him. We talked about playing at Georgia Tech together. But that didn’t work out because we both had to make the best decision for ourselves.”

What’s the latest with Georgia Tech? “I report on June 17. But I will be going up there earlier, after I graduate from high school. I’ll be hanging out with my brother. I’ve already been accepted, and I’m ready to go. My knee is 110-percent. My expectations for this season are for us to get better as a team. And I feel like we should get better every year.”

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23 comments
HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

A steady and heady player, doesn't make too many mistakes.  But, not overly thrilling as a potential game dominating player at college level is concerned.

UWG_1996
UWG_1996

Believe me, the only reason Autry was listed asa 3-star is because of the knee injury. I've seen this kid play, they don't give ESPN national signing day spots to just anyone. Had over 20 BCS level scholarship offers, btw, Scout and other services still had him at 4-stars, but of course Carvell would not mention that.....

Atl_Nole
Atl_Nole

Should have went to FSU!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Best of luck to the young man at GT. I need to get Nick to work on his delievery.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

1 out 6 GT alumni are millionaires.

Not many schools, are certainly not FSU can claim that.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

I wonder why "No comment" is up on Cedar Grove Gamecock?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Welcome to the Flats!

Golden_White
Golden_White

It could be just a misguided opinion. But I don't think Coach Nick Saban and the University of Alabama have

time for a 3 star player. I would like to know if any player who signed with Alabama last February, fell below #344 overall recruit in the country.

But I am glad that he respects his Mom and desires to keep her happy. I am glad that he did choose GT and I hope that he will settle down now and get busy with the books and with the Coaches and learn and earn his way.

JacketTime
JacketTime

Unfortunately, he would get in big trouble for crab legs. But he could easily get away scott free for sexual assault! The FSU police will botch the evidence and everything.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@Atl_Nole  

Why?  So he could get free seafood?

BTW, that should have read "Should have GONE to FSU!!"  I DO hope they offer a better education there than what your post would indicate.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

........and 5 out of 6 are unemployed!!!

Gandolph
Gandolph

@gtcaryd  Enough has already been said during his recruiting process.  It got kinda ugly there for a while.

UWG_1996
UWG_1996

I agree, but it should be mentioned that composite rankings are like Grade Point Averages, you can have all A's - 4 "stars" in every class, but that one class you get a B 3.0, and your GPA is no longer 4.0 or 4-stars. Are you then considered a B student or 3- star player, becuase of one class (recruiting service)?

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

who do you believe ...Nick Saban and staff or some fatboy with a laptop that has never played a down of football in their life? Check the resume of all those charging 19.95 a month and see just who ever coached or played a down.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@MichaelCarvell

I believe that.  It is just that when Saban is high on someone they sometimes get an extra star.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

For the most part any players that doesn't come to camp at Bama has little to NO chance of getting a scholly at Alabama. The day Nick runs out a 5'9" 175 RB in his pro style offense will be the 1st. No slight to this young player but he looks more like a typical Oregon/spread player unless he were to be  slot receiver or just return kicks. Good luck to him at GT.