NORCROSS, Ga. -- ESPN Watch List running back Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) already has picked up nine offers from some of the top programs in the nation. On Wednesday, the speedy junior received the one scholarship offer he coveted the most.
“You know how I feel about Ohio State -- that is my dream team,” Autry said. “I am hearing from them every week. I am staying in touch with the coaches. They say they want me to come visit. I am looking forward to going to Ohio State. I love them. That offer means a lot to me. They will definitely be my top for sure.”
Autry’s infatuation with the Buckeyes goes back to his childhood.
“I have been a fan of them since I was a little kid, maybe 6 or 7 years old,” Autry said. “Me and my brother used to play NCAA and I chose Ohio State for some reason and I stuck with them ever since. I like their colors and everything about them. Ever since then, I just like how they played. Ohio State is a good football team and now Urban Meyer is up there. He is a Southern coach and he is going to recruit from down south. He knows where the good football is. Urban Meyer knows how to position players like me. Look at Percy Harvin. He is a real cool coach and I like him.”
With four punt returns for touchdowns in just six games, Autry has proved he is elusive on the field. Such vision has earned him offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech Tennessee, Miami, Mississippi State, Penn State, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Louisiana-Lafayette. More offers are on the way.
“I am hearing from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina and South Carolina,” Autry said. “Alabama was here to watch my game. I like them a lot. Alabama is a good school and they know how to win. I mean they are the No. 1 school in the country and they are talking to me now. Coach [Kirby] Smart was here and that is my guy. I have not visited there so I can’t tell you what the environment is like. I am definitely going to hit up Ohio State and I am going to an Alabama game. I will visit Florida too.”
Autry recently visited Georgia to take in the Bulldogs’ contest against Tennessee.
“It was a great visit,” Autry said. “Tennessee versus Georgia was a heck of a game. I was there with Alvin [Kamara] (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and some other people. It was crazy, man. Georgia fans are rowdy and I like it. I already love Athens, I love the fans and I love the coaches. So that is a good thing.”
Sharing the backfield with Kamara doesn't allow for Autry to get the bulk of the carries, but coaches see his potential, including Georgia running backs coach Bryan McCelndon.
“Alvin and I went to talk to Coach McClendon,” Autry said. “We waited for the traffic to leave before we went back to Norcross so we spent that whole time talking got him. That was good. He told me he liked how I played. He said this year that I was outstanding on punt return, receiver and quarterback. I mean we had a good conversation.”
McClendon did not offer Autry a scholarship, but the running back said “it should come soon.” Georgia might not be his dream school, but Autry wants an offer from the Bulldogs.
“I have been to Georgia Tech games and I have been to Georgia games,” Autry said. “The Georgia fans are just wild. I love it too. They are all family over there. I just like everything about Georgia and their crazy fans. I have to give it to them over Tech fans. But the best part of the trip would have to be just all the time I spent talking with Coach McClendon, at least an hour and 30 minutes -- and the game too of course.”