Is UGA on the verge of getting another commitment?

Micah Abernathy (AJC)

Micah Abernathy (AJC)

Is UGA on the verge of getting another commitment?

That could very well be the situation between the Bulldogs and 4-star defensive back Micah Abernathy, who could reveal his college decision after he returns from this weekend’s official visit to Tennessee.

Then again, it could be good news for Tennessee instead of UGA.

Officially, the senior from Greater Atlanta Christian high school told the AJC this week that all three of his top schools, including Oregon, “are even.” (My guess is that it’s a Georgia-Tennessee battle because Abernathy is so close to his family and Oregon is so far away).

The only thing we know for sure is that a decision will likely come next week,

“I’m trying to get to Tennessee this weekend — after that, I’m shutting it down,” Abernathy said. “I’ve been to all the schools that I’ve wanted to see.

“I’d say I’m pretty close right now to deciding. Possibly, I’ll commit after the Tennessee game this weekend. Or after I return to Atlanta after the official visit. It will be soon after that.”

This past weekend, UGA had the chance to roll out the red carpet for Abernathy and his family during an official visit with the Bulldogs.

GAC teammates Darius Slayton (left) and Micah Abernathy (AJC/Michael Carvell)

GAC teammates Darius Slayton (left) and Micah Abernathy (AJC/Michael Carvell)

“It was fun,” Abernathy said. “I’ve been there a couple of times on visits, but this was my first time spending the night. I got to hang around with the players more. It was a really cool visit.”

On Sunday before leaving UGA’s campus, Abernathy had the chance to sit down separately with Mark Richt and Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

“Coach Richt didn’t really try to sell me hard on anything,” Abernathy said. “He was trying to figure out where I was in the process before I left. It was really cool to sit down and chat with him.”

And what was Pruitt’s main point? “Coach Pruitt has always told me that I’m his top guy. Coach Pruitt told me I’m his No. 1 guy on the board at DB. I’m very humbled by that.”

On a scale of 1-10, Abernathy was asked to rate his UGA visit. “I don’t have a final opinion right now because I’m still catching up on my rest and thinking about everything. But it was a good visit. One thing that really stood out to me was the family environment. On Sunday, they had the family dinner with all the coaches and their families. You can just tell they have the family environment there. Coach Richt has definitely done a good job with that.”

At UGA, Abernathy was joined by his GAC teammate, wide receiver Darius Slayton, who was also on an official visit with the Bulldogs. Abernathy and Slayton have made it clear that they’re not “package deals” and that they will each make independent decisions. However, both have also said they wouldn’t mind being teammates again in college. UGA would be the only common destination for Abernathy and Slayton (who’s also considering Auburn and South Carolina).

One big factor in Tennessee’s favor is that Abernathy’s older brother played for two seasons under Butch Jones and his staff at Cincinnati. So there’s familiarity and comfort with Jones.

“It has a pretty big impact because I know that they’ll take care of me there,” Abernathy said. “I know the coaches off the field, not just as coaches. They are men of God, and family men, so I think that’s pretty cool.

“My brother tells me that Coach Jones gets fired up, and that he’ll get on you. But that he’ll love you, too. I know pretty much what his personality is like, from talking with my brother.”

Abernathy took an official visit to Oregon earlier this month. “It was very informational. I couldn’t rank it from 1-10. It was my first time out there. I got to learn a lot about the atmosphere and coaching staff. It was very informational.”

One final note: According to the Crystal Ball predictions on 247sports, 70 percent of the experts project Abernathy of UGA, while 25 percent are going with Tennessee. Most of the UGA media is sticking with the Bulldogs, while most of Tennessee insiders are going with the Volunteers.

In the below video, GAC coach Tim Hardy gives his analysis of Micah Abernathy …


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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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