With college football's National Signing Day still roughly eight months in the future, Micah Abernathy will be a busy guy.
The Scout four-star cornerback for Greater Atlanta Christian High School in Atlanta, Ga., is receiving no shortage of attention from some of the nation's top programs, particularly those close to him in the Southeastern Conference. Soon, Abernathy plans to zero in on his top choices.
"I haven't made a list (of top schools) right now, but I will be coming up with one probably in the next week or so," the Norcross, Ga., native told InsideTennessee. Abernathy said the list, which will be comprised of about eight teams, already has three spots carved out for Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
Along with the trio of SEC teams mentioned above, another team may be making a move for a spot on Abernathy's list following a recent visit.
"The last visit that was influential was South Carolina. I went down for a one-day camp and got to tour the school and get some good information. I got to spend time with (quarterbacks) coach (G.A.) Mangus most of the time, but I also talked to coach (Steve) Spurrier and he's a good guy," the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder said.
The Atlanta-area standout has gotten to know the Vols as well.
Mentioning Tennessee as a "great school," the No. 26 cornerback and No. 204 overall prospect in Scout's 2015 class received exposure to elements of the Vols program before his journey as a top-flight prospect ever took off.
Abernathy's brother, Cincinnati senior "utility guy" Ralph David Abernathy IV, played under head coach Butch Jones during his stint with the Bearcats program. During this time, Abernathy was able to familiarize himself with Jones and his core staff members he brought to Tennessee.
"I know the type of guys are on and off the field. I know they're good guys. They care about their families, and they love what they do."
With the way Tennessee is mining the Peach State for recruits, Abernathy may find even more comfort with the Vols.
For the 2015 cycle, Tennessee has secured commitments from five players who currently play in or have previously played in the Georgia high school system. Three-star Andrew Butcher (Alpharetta), four-star Alvin Kamara (Norcross/Hutchinson, Kan.), three-star Quay Picou (Buford), three-star Austin Smith (Buford) and five-star Preston Williams (Hampton) have all given the Tennessee coaches their pledge to play in Knoxville.
"Yeah, the recruiting class is definitely a big factor. You're going to be playing with these guys for four years so you want to know who these other guys are," Abernathy said when discussing the Georgia-laden Tennessee recruiting class.
"I know they're all good players, and you know (Tennessee's coaches) are recruiting the right guys for the next four years, and if they're recruiting the right guys it translates onto the field."If the four-star defensive back were to join the Georgia migration to Knoxville, he believes he could make a huge difference in a Vols secondary that has been very susceptible the last few years.
"(Tennessee's coaches) said if I come in and do what I'm supposed to do I'll have an opportunity to play," he said.Abernathy plans to visit Tennessee in July and is unsure whether or not the Vols will earn one of his official visits during the fall.