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Myles Autry to Georgia Tech: Yellow Jackets Land 3-Star ATH Prospect

U.S. Army All-American East's Myles Autry (20) is stopped during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl football game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2014

Myles Autry will be taking his football talents to the Hornets after he officially committed to Georgia Tech.

ESPN reported the news on Wednesday:

Autry is an intriguing prospect because he's a jack of all trades. Listed as a 3-star recruit on 247Sports' composite rankings, he is labeled an athlete, which is the term given to players who either look to have no real position or excel at multiple areas on the field. 

Autry seems to be the former.

The product of Norcross High School projects as either a running back or wide receiver, depending on his team's offensive style. He even played cornerback during his sophomore year, so there's a slim chance he could move to defense when he begins his college ball.

You wouldn't consider Autry an elite recruit at any of those three positions. Should he stay on offense, he could be one of those 'tweeners who splits his time in the backfield and at wideout.

It's difficult to pin down right now where he should spend the majority of his time. His lack of power combined with his great hands suggests he would be best used as a wide receiver. But he's adept at getting to the edge quickly, and the more touches he can get, the better.

Size could be an issue for Autry initially. He's listed at 5'9" and 175 pounds. While he has a little more strength than one might expect, he could stand to add a little more bulk. His speed isn't to the kind of level where his diminutive stature plays to his benefit.

While he lacks elite speed, Autry is an elusive ball-carrier, especially in the open field. His ability to make quick cuts is impressive.

He's the kind of runner who can make those short, quick bursts to get separation from a defender, but more often than not, he'll get caught from behind.

 

All the pieces are there for him to become a major game-breaker at the next level. Georgia Tech just needs to figure out the best way to use Autry's talents.

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