Junior Running Back Features Excellent Speed

A recruiting report on Class of 2011 football prospect Ralph Abernathy is featured.

Atlanta, Ga.--It is doubtful there will be many prospects in the 2011 signee class who will have the kind of speed to match Westminster School football standout Ralph Abernathy.

The tailback recently ran a blistering hand-timed at the Scout.com Showcase last month, the fastest 40-yard dash at the event that featured a variety of top prospects.

"That was my first hand-timed 40 and I was pleased with that," Abernathy says.

The current high school junior notes that he trains four days a week at Competitive Edge Sports in Duluth working on his speed. He also works out with his football team at 6:15 a.m. prior to heading to school.

"Our team had a pretty good year, but it was disappointing to lose in the second round of the playoffs," says Abernathy.

Ralph Abernathy

He was a big part of his team's success last year with right at 2,200 all-purpose yards. Playing tailback in a spread offense, he rushed for 1,501 yards and scored 21 touchdowns.

The speedy back is also expected to be one of the top 400 meter runners in the state this year. He says his best time at that distance is 48.6 seconds.

An undersized back, that likely explains why he is still waiting on his first scholarship offers despite putting up impressive numbers as a junior.

"I am 5-6 and weight 155 pounds, but I am still growing," he says. "Hopefully, I will add a couple of inches and put some more weight on."

Abernathy says his coaches at Westminster have told him that Auburn has an interest. He notes that he is also hearing from Georgia Tech, where he took his first junior day visit, along with Clemson, Ole Miss, Duke, Vanderbilt and others.

The running back says that he doesn't currently have any favorite college. "Neither one of my parents went to a huge Division I college so I never really had a dream school where I would like to go," he says.

Academics shouldn't be an issue. He is an honor student at Westminster and he notes that he is looking forward to his senior season there.

"I think we are going to have a pretty good team," he points out. "A lot of our key playmakers last year were juniors last season.

"We run a spread offense and I mostly play tailback," he says. "I line up in the slot a little bit, but not often. I like to do it. I have good hands and it gives me the chance to catch bubble screens and things like that. It gives me an opportunity to make more plays."

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