Change At Top For Autry

MEBANE, N.C. --- Lee Autry has three favorite schools and a new leader.

"[North] Carolina, Wake Forest, and Mississippi State are my top three," Autry said. "I have offers from those three. Wake Forest, they're on top right now, but if I visit Carolina one more time they'll probably be on top. But I like the new coaching staff that [Wake Forest] has."

Autry, a defensive tackle from Albemarle (N.C.), wanted to attend the Tar Heels' Spring Game, but with his prom on the same day he won't be able to make it. At the moment, his next scheduled UNC visit is Fedora's Freak Show in June. However, he's bound to visit sometime before then to see former teammate and close friend R.J. Prince, a freshman offensive tackle.

"I want to find a weekend to stay with R.J. at Carolina," Autry said. "I think I'm going to stay the weekend at Wake Forest in a couple weeks."

Autry estimates that he has visited UNC as many as eight times. He made his first visit to Wake Forest for a junior day in early March. He has yet to visit Mississippi State, but his brother, Denico, was a defensive end the past two seasons for the Bulldogs.

"He says it's a football country," Autry said. "He said fans will come in on Wednesday just to tailgate for a football game down there."

Last summer, Autry attended Fedora's Freak Show as a junior.

"I just want to do better this year than I did last year," Autry said. "I just want to improve on everything I did. That was my first time going through a combine type thing. I've been to like three of them so far, so this one coming up at the Freak Show should be better than all the ones I just did."

Autry's most recent combine was the Shrine Bowl Combine on Saturday. He checked in at 6-foot-2 and 276 pounds and then recorded a 3.15-second 20-yard dash, 8-foot broad jump, and 21 reps of 185 pounds.

Unlike most recruits, Autry has two recruiting resources to lean on – his brother and Prince.

"R.J. is telling me to come to Carolina," Autry said. "But my brother is like ‘Just make the decision that fits you.' They both say to sit back and take it all in and one will stick out to me when I fit the best choice for me."

Autry says he hears from coaches from UNC and Wake Forest equally. Specifically with the Tar Heels, it's a tag team effort between Keith Gilmore, UNC's defensive line coach, and Chris Kapilovic, Autry's area recruiter. Primarily, both Gilmore and Kapilovic communicate with Autry through Twitter.

"They are just trying to get me to come back for a visit," Autry said. "I asked them when's the best time and they say anytime. So I can go to Carolina anytime I want to."

Autry is eyeing a summer verbal commitment.

"At the beginning of the football workouts I should make my decision," Autry said.

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