Posted: 11:07 am Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Ex-Georgia Tech signee Myles Autry said he talked with UGA’s Mark Richt 

By Michael Carvell

Myles Autry (right) with his brother after committing to Georgia Tech on ESPN cameras on signing day (AJC)

Myles Autry (right) with his brother after committing to Georgia Tech on ESPN cameras on signing day (AJC)

  • UPDATE: Myles Autry will attend Georgia Prep Sports Academy this fall, GPSA coach Mike Carson told the AJC on Tuesday.

Myles Autry, who signed a football scholarship with Georgia Tech but requested a release from the Yellow Jackets this week, said he talked over the telephone with UGA’s Mark Richt on Friday.

“Coach Richt told me he called Georgia Tech’s compliance to see if I got an official release and to see my restrictions,” Autry told the AJC on Saturday. “He found out that I was a free agent, so we talked yesterday. He basically said that he wants to look into my situation more.

“He asked which prep school I’m going to so they can look into it. Basically, he wants to keep in touch with me.”

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound wide receiver from Norcross High School said he both requested and was granted an unconditional release from the letter of intent he signed with Georgia Tech because his older brother, wide receiver Anthony Autry, was dismissed from the ACC program earlier this week for violating an undisclosed university policy.

The younger Autry had not yet enrolled at Georgia Tech this summer because he was waiting on approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse (and is still waiting). Autry said he will likely go to prep school this fall to get his academics in order, and then report to a four-year college in January. He hasn’t been offered yet by anybody since his release.

Along with UGA, Autry said he’s also heard from coaches from Louisville and West Virginia within the last couple of days.

Some of Autry’s new followers on Twitter include Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, Alabama wide receivers coach Billy Napier, West Virginia wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway, and Georgia State assistant Jay Volker.

Autry said he’d also like to hear from FSU, Oregon, Ohio State, Clemson and South Carolina, among others.

Autry has a connection with UGA because his former Norcross teammate, Lorenzo Carter, was the state’s No. 1 overall prospect this past year and signed with the Bulldogs. Autry said he talked some with Carter this week.

“I was kind of surprised to hear from Coach Richt,” Autry said. “It’s really exciting talking to him, and talking to Lorenzo. It’s more exciting than surprising.

“I feel good about Georgia’s interest. If it’s good for me to stay in Georgia, and that’s my main goal to stay in Georgia – I would be happy if got the opportunity to go there. That would be great. They want me to go to prep school, and look at getting me there in January.”

According to various reports, UGA may be able to sign as many as 31 prospects for 2015 due to roster attrition.

Autry said he’s also leaving open the possibility of returning to Georgia Tech, even without his brother there.

“I’d also consider Georgia Tech again,” Autry said. “It’s a great school and they have great fans who have been supportive of me throughout this whole thing.

“Anything can happen, and if I want to stay in Atlanta, I’d go to Georgia Tech. If I’m meant to go there, I will go there. Anything can happen in lie. I can’t predict the future.”

Autry also said he has a special place in his heart for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, who issued an unconditional release after the two met on Thursday.

UGA's Mark Richt (AJC's Chris Hunt)

UGA’s Mark Richt (AJC’s Chris Hunt)

“I have mad respect for Coach Johnson,” he said. “He’s a great man. He released me without any restrictions and told me to ‘do whatever is best for me,’ I really respect him. He really wanted what was best for me, so I have nothing but mad respect for him.”

Autry said Georgia Tech placed restrictions on his older brother from transferring directly to UGA or other ACC school, so that’s why he’s attending Hutchinson junior college to lift all the restrictions.

The No. 1 goal of the Autry brothers is to play together in college, although they’d go different ways if required.

Myles Autry led Norcross to back-to-back state championships in Georgia’s largest classification the past two years. The 3-star prospect was sidelined for much of his senior season while recovering from major reconstructive knee surgery but returned in time to score game-winning touchdowns in both the state semifinals and state championship games.

NOTE: Some UGA fans have asked why Georgia Tech granted an unconditional release to Myles Autry but not basketball star Robert Carter. With Carter, the UGA athletics director Greg McGarity requested permission for the Bulldogs to recruit Carter and he was denied. Johnson hasn’t publicly commented on the situation, but the difference seems to be that Carter was already enrolled at Georgia Tech and competed in two seasons of the basketball on behalf of the ACC school, while Autry had yet to step on campus to start classes (and is still waiting for NCAA approval). So Carter was a Georgia Tech student-athlete, while Autry was a signee who had to yet to qualify, start classes or join the program in an official capacity. Autry said his older brother has the same restrictions as Carter.

What’s my analysis of Myles Autry as a prospect? It’s the same things I said before he signed with Georgia Tech. He dropped from a 4-star to a 3-star in the rankings because of his knee injury. He doesn’t pass the eyeball test. He doesn’t have prototypical size or speed. Yes, he’s known for having a ton of self-confidence in his ability. Yes, he has to work on his academics (although it seems like he’s close or Georgia Tech wouldn’t have tried). And I don’t even know what his true college position is. But I do know this: He’s something special when he has the ball in his hands. Just watch the film. All he does is make plays – and he makes the plays in the biggest games in the state’s biggest classification. Norcross had 20+ D1 prospects on those teams, including Lorenzo Carter and Alvin Kamara, but Autry was the straw that stirred the drink. You can throw heights, weights, 40 times and combine measurements out of the window with Autry. He just makes plays. When Norcross trailed Colquitt in the fourth quarter of this year’s semifinals, it was Autry who caught the game-winning touchdown with seven minutes left, despite only playing in a total of 15 plays in the game because of the knee. When Norcross was getting blown out with 14-0 deficit in the first quarter in the state championship game against North Gwinnett at the Georgia Dome, it was Autry who stepped up. He ran past everyone on the field for 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to awake Norcross from the dead. Then he supplied the knockout punch in the fourth quarter with a 69-yard scoring reception. And many people forget the previous year’s state championship game against Lovejoy, when he appeared mostly as a decoy after suffering a torn ACL in the semifinals. Most kids would’ve watched it from the sidelines. Autry not only insisted on playing, but he also caught a 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, setting up the events for the comeback win. He plays hurt, and make plays.

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135 comments
playallnight
playallnight

Wait a second, Tech signed a player with questionable academics??

Adamsran
Adamsran

GTBOB, we can agree to disagree.  I believe that CPJ would have taken because he was a 4 Star who wanted to come to Tech.  His brother on the team likely didn't factor at all in the coaches decision, except maybe thinking that the two could work together on academics, etc.


Will again leave it at this.  All should hope that the kid does well at school and in life regardless where he goes. 



Adamsran
Adamsran

Predictable.  Now that Tech has lost him, he would not have made it anyway.  So CPJ signed him for what reason?  He obviously thought the kid would make the cut.


As for my UGA friends.  I'm guessing some of you were trashing this kid when he decided to go to Tech.


Bottom-line:  The kid appears to want to stay close to home and he wanted to play with his brother.  Part of that option is still available.  And it may not be UGA.  He Clemson isn't that much further up the road.


How about this.  Let's all wish the kid best, regardless of where he ends up.

heyMelissa
heyMelissa

Be honest guys, if a kid were a top tier WR prospect he wouldn't be looking to play for that louse Paul Johnson. He would find a program that plays big boy football, not Mighty Mite, Pop Warner, gimmick football. Save the Demaryious Thomas argument, if it were legit their would have been another D.Thomas by now. #firepauljohnson....PLEASE!!!

Jacketa$$
Jacketa$$

He may make plays in high school but not many 5 9 175 lbs players do that well in the SEC.


Jacketa$$
Jacketa$$

Not impressed.........the flim I saw was a lot of missed tackles, with his size and speed and academic problems I believe if I was Richt I would take a pass.

inoto20
inoto20

14-0 is a blowout? Never heard that before

Rick_James
Rick_James

@Jack5150 

"in your mind. Even if CPJ and fans wanted him it doesn't matter if he can't get in or stay eligible. The insult is to the player for not taking his studies seriously and injurious to his ability to play at colleges he wishes to attend."

Then why waste time recruting him? Why have him sign a letter of intent?

Rick_James
Rick_James

@Jack5150 

" if you have to have it explained to you then you are not smart enough to get the answer anyway"

I'm smart enough to know that academics is the tired excuse some Tech fans(not all) use for your football program..And that is the excuse you're trying to make now right?

Rick_James
Rick_James

@gtcaryd 

" I hope he does well if he goes to UGA, not everyone can make it at the Institute."

Not everyone can make it at UGA,Georgia Southern or Armpit State..Whats your point?

Rick_James
Rick_James

@GTBob 

" honestly wouldn't care one bit if this kid went to UGA. If someone like Custis ended up at UGA that would hurt, but not Autry."

None of us ever seem to care about things we relentlessly pursue then find out we cant have..You are no exeption Bob.

Rick_James
Rick_James

@Jack5150 

"@Rick_James since he can't make the grades right now there is no insult or injury."

Wrong Jack..The injury is the fact that Paul Johnson obviously wanted Autry on his team and it wont happen.The insult will be if he signs with Georgia.You can spin it however you choose to.

Rick_James
Rick_James

@gtcaryd 

"Good luck to the young man in the future. You serious Rick?"

Of course not!!! GT Bob told us once that Paul Johnon would win a national title at Georgia if he replaced Richt.He has this belief that CPJ is a great coach whos being handcuffed by the academics at Tech.He thinks he would excell at any of the SEC " football factories" but so far no SEC AD agrees with that opinion.I guess they are all waiting until his contract expires at Tech to beat a path down North Ave to hire hire him.

MikeS777
MikeS777

This is a big loss for Tech because he seems like the exact play maker they need to replace Godhigh.  Godhigh was the only real play maker on the team past Lee.  Both are gone, so Johnson desperately needs someone to fill the void.

MikeS777
MikeS777

Seems like a play maker that the Dawgs could use.  I don't think his size is going to matter.  It seems clear to me that he wanted to play at Tech mostly because of his brother being there.  Now that that isn't the case, he wants to look elsewhere.

jquick5342
jquick5342

Another day, another dwag arrest. Ho hum

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

I think the red flags with this young man, probably out weigh the go ahead flags,  so I think UGA would be better off passing on this young man. His size alone makes you question how well he would do at the SEC level.  Fits fine with a school that doesn't pass much, but I don't think he has that "Go to"  receiver painted on him.

Pocaroba
Pocaroba

Just as  I don't understand how a UGA player/commit could transfer to a rival such as Auburn, I don't get how a Tech commit would transfer to Georgia. Once you pledge to a certain place don't you build in a automatic sense of loyalty and dislike of the main rivals. I don't even get it with professional athletes but atleast there I can understand it's a paycheck. Then again, that explains why anyone signs up with Auburn. Ha!

DawgwithFleas
DawgwithFleas

free agent? LOLOLOL  This kid is confused. 

TFlash
TFlash

He would not have made it at Tech, and he won't make it at UGA. He just doesn't have the academics to do it. Mark it down.

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

Sounds like a confused young man who needs to learn how to check his ego and count his blessings.That said I wish him the very best and respect coach Johnson for unconditionally release...........GO DAWGS!!

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

God I wish something, anything would piss Tech fans off enough to be called real fans.

Screw both of these guys ! They didn't keep their words or responsibilities and had no problem not doing it.

I don't wish them any luck. Karma is what it is an both are due for theirs.

GTBob
GTBob

@Adamsran He was a 3 star guy coming off an injury and a mediocre senior year and its pretty arguable whether he ever actually wanted to come to Tech or not. For a couple of months he didn't even have a commitable offer from us. Had Caleb Kinlaw not decommitted from Tech, Autry likely would have never signed here because he wouldn't have had an offer from us anymore.

Also, he isn't with GT anymore and he never was. I'm not going to pretend to care whether he succeeds or not. That is up to him.

GTBob
GTBob

@Adamsran Our coaching staff knew that Autry was a risk to not make it academically long before he signed here. They took the risk because of the family connection and because they thought he could help the team. It didn't work out. Personally, I would rather pass on anyone that is that much of a risk, but it was the coaches decision and he gets to deal with the consequences.

GTBob
GTBob

@Rick_James Without his brother here, he likely wouldn't have had an offer to play at GT on signing day.

GTBob
GTBob

@Rick_James Yep. Academics play no part. You figured us out Rick. We have just sucked for no reason for 50 years.

GTBob
GTBob

@Rick_James Give me a break. Neither I nor GT ever pursued Myles Autry relentlessly. He didn't even have an offer from us for half of his senior year.

GTBob
GTBob

@Rick_James Its not a coincidence Rick that CPJ was a great coach at every school he coached at yet is struggling at GT. He had less trouble at Navy than at GT. That should be the real wakeup call for us.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@RedandBlackDAWG I don't think the Dawgs need him as a "Go to" WR.  Sounds to me like they have that taken care of with a couple of recent signings.  Looks to me like he lines up on the inside a lot and works the middle of the field and underneath routes.  Also, he is likely getting interest for defense as well.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@RedandBlackDAWG

I agree for the most part but I think Richt would give him a Scholarship if he wants to come because of his potential of becoming a Return specialist. I do think he would be given a chance at running slants and go patterns but if he can't run good route and shake the Defenders to get open then he would be exclusive Special Teams where he could help and then you wouldn't have to use one of your top Running Backs and take a chance on injury. 

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

@Pocaroba  Just lately Biff. Remember Quincy Carter? They sign with Auburn b/c Auburn wins....something the dwaggs haven't done since 1980.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@GTBob Of Course now that Autry isn't on your team any more you trash the kid. You're pathetic Bob. Just like you trashed Vad Lee when he left your team. You were praising Autry and saying how he could be great up until you realized he wasn't going to play for you and now you say GT didn't pursue him and didn't want him really. 

Pocaroba
Pocaroba

@Iluvnutella @Pocaroba Auburn hadn't won an NC since the 50's until 2010. 2010 was so slathered in doubt that it's the ugliest title in.. well atleast 50 years. Before last years miracle plays how many did Aubbie win in 2012?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Iluvnutella @Pocaroba

Auburn wins? You mean like they did with an 18-point lead over an ACC team in the NC game?

Have those six LOSSES Auburn has posted in its past eight games with UGA been "since 1980"? 

How 'bout those whopping THREE wins in 2012? Is that what you mean by "b/c Auburn wins"?

Yeah, we get it.

iseestupidpeople
iseestupidpeople

It's football we are talking about not teen progression through life. None of us care about these guys before or after they leave our favorite teams yet some want to act like they do. those like the Autry's don't care about us or our schools. They see money and that's what is driving Myles.

If this was a discussion about life it would be much more serious, but it's about football.

As Myles posted on Facebook "fans come and go"

The players do also. If that wasn't the case all the Ga fans would be watching Americas Next Favorite Cook and be the biggest fans of the Food Network, go Hershel bake that cake !

GTBob
GTBob

@DawgGoneIt This was my post several weeks before he ever signed with GT:

"GT has been this kids backup plan for a while and he isn't someone that we have been pursuing all that hard in the last couple of months. I doubt he would still have an offer from GT if Kinlaw had stayed. I wouldn't mind it all that much if he ended up somewhere other than GT"

Explain to me how that is praising him.

GTBob
GTBob

@Jack5150 According to Eric over at gtswarm, who's word I trust, he wasn't a take as late as December. He was a backup plan for us and we were a backup plan for him. It doesn't mean we stopped talking to him, we just weren't in a position to accept his commitment for a while while we waited on guys who were a little higher on our board.

GTBob
GTBob

@inoto20 That guy was a solid recruit and ended up being a 2nd round draft pick. I'm not sure his struggles in the NFL invalidate anything.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@gtcaryd @DawgNole @Iluvnutella @Pocaroba

How do you know what he "meant"? He said "because Auburn wins"; he didn't say "recently." That was your interpretation.

He also said that winning is something UGA hasn't done since 1980. Guess he forgot those six wins over Auburn in the past eight years. What's your excuse?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@gtcaryd @DawgNole @Iluvnutella @Pocaroba

It absolutely applies to the Noles, which is why I wouldn't make such a dumb comment about them in the first place.

Your excuse for defending his ignorant remark instead of calling him on it.