Oregon emerges as serious contender for DB who also likes UGA and Tennessee

Meanwhile, on defense, DB Micah Abernathy (left) of Greater Atlanta Christian drew a lot of attention from UGA's coaches. He's uncommitted

DB Micah Abernathy (left) at UGA’s Dawg Night camp (AJC/Michael Carvell)

One of Atlanta’s biggest recruiting mysteries is Micah Abernathy, the 4-star defensive back from Greater Atlanta Christian high school.

Abernathy has been tight-lipped about his recruiting. And he’s kept an especially low-profile after suffering an undisclosed injury in GAC’s season-opener which caused him to miss the next two games.

What’s the latest with his recruiting? It’s rumored to be a Tennessee vs. UGA battle but Oregon has also emerged as a strong contender.

Abernathy made an unofficial visit to UGA for the Clemson game. Last weekend, he took his first official visit, flying to Oregon. He came away impressed with his trip to the Pac-12 school.

“He liked Oregon,” GAC coach Tim Hardy said. “There are a lot of factors that will go into his decision, but Oregon is a pretty special spot.

“The thing that he and his family have been impressed with, as well as me, is the quality of some of the people at Oregon. It’s fun to flip on the TV to see the uniforms, the swag and the energy … but the quality of the some of the folks there is exceptional. That has been impressive to the family.

“Oregon is definitely in the mix.”

It has already been a good year for Oregon recruiting in Georgia. The Ducks have a commitment from McEachern High School’s Taj Griffin, the nation’s No. 1-rated all-purpose running back. Oregon secured that deal this summer by signing Griffin’s older brother, former Georgia Tech quarterback Ty Griffin.

Back to Micah Abernathy: He’s rated as a 4-star and the state’s No. 19 overall prospect. Tennessee is also considered a frontrunner because Abernathy’s older brother played for the staff at Cincinnati.

Micah is considering making his college decision within the next month.

“He has said ‘fall’ all along for his commitment,” Hardy said. “He doesn’t have the trigger ready to pull yet but he has got a few schools he really likes. We’ll see how that goes, and we’ll see what happens.”

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Abernathy has recovered from his injury and will be ready to play in GAC’s next game against Hapeville on Sept. 19. “This week he could’ve played,” Hardy said. “But we have a bye this week, so it makes sense to miss one night and spring (his time to recover) into three weeks. He will be rolling back in here pretty quick.”

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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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