Autry's anxious to return

Myles Autry injured his knee in the state semi-finals late in 2012. He then played through it to help his team to a state title a week later. After surgery, missing the spring, and watching his team scrimmage, Autry is ready to return...

Surgery went well for Myles Autry after he tore his ACL and MCL in December 2012 during a game against Colquitt County.

He has worked hard, he has did all the doctors asked him to do, he has supported his teammates while he couldn't do what they could do, but now he is ready to get back on the field.

"It has been hard to watch and sit back, but the coaches did what was best for me, the doctors knew what I could do, and I know I am not ready to go," Autry said with excitement.

"I have been out there working hard and doing everything I could to get stronger and better than I was before. I am now ready to get back on the football field and show my talents."

Autry will do that Saturday against a powerful Booker T. Washington team out of Miami, Fla. Like Norcross, Booker T. Washington went 15-0 last season and won a state championship.

The 5-foot-11, 170 pound senior is eager for the kick-off and he plans to be the same player he was as a junior before the injury.

"I am not thinking about the injury, I am not thinking about my knee, and I am just going to play the game like I know how to play it.

"If I wasn't ready and if I wasn't healthy, then the doctors wouldn't allow me to get out there. I know what I can do. When I get the ball, I will worry about making plays for my team, not about my knee."

Autry leaps over Alabama commit Kalvaraz Bessent for a touchdown.
The four-star running back can do so much with the ball in his hands. He is elusive, he is cat-quick, he is just a big play waiting to happen when he has the pigskin tucked away.

Autry said, "I am a big competitor and it has been so hard to sit out all this time, so I am excited. I am thinking about getting on the field again with my teammates and doing what I do. I am looking forward to the first game. I just cannot wait."

Not only does the No. 11 prospect in the state of Georgia plan to get back on the football field Saturday, but he plans to cut his list of schools down too.

"Oh yeah, it will be happening Saturday. I am talking things over with my mom this week, then I will name my top seven on Saturday."

Does the top seven sound familiar? His teammate, the No. 3 prospect in the country, Lorenzo Carter named his top seven not too long ago.

Like Carter, Autry will also wait until signing say to announce his decision.

"Once I get my seven schools down, I will start taking visits during the season, then take some official visits after the season before making my mind up on signing day," he said.

When asked who may be on that list of seven, the Scout 300 athlete said, "Everybody is still coming after me as hard as they were last year. Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Ohio State, Miami, Tennessee, Oregon, and many more. I am not sure who will be on there yet. I will know Saturday though."

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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