But lately, Abernathy has been focused away from the football field and on his track season, which has taken up so much time that he hasn't been able to take any visits since going to Tennessee back on March 8. While the break from the recruiting grind has given the junior extra time to spend with his family, he admitted that at times he misses it.
"It goes both ways," Abernathy said. "You want to see as many schools as you can to get a vibe, but I can't get out every weekend and that brings me back and I kind of like that too."
Abernathy hasn't even started planning out his future trips yet because the meat of the track season starts after he finishes Spring Break. However, he said that there are a number of programs talking to him on a regular basis.
"Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Penn State, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Florida — those schools are probably coming at me the hardest right now," he said.
Abernathy said he's evaluating the schools on a number of levels. His top priority is academics but interactions with players and coaches will play a crucial factor as well.
"I like talking to the players to see how real they're going to be with me and most of them are straight up," Abernathy said. "They tell you the truth so that's really good."
Another school that has entered the picture is Oregon. Abernathy said that he and defensive backs coach John Neal spoke two weeks ago.
"We were just getting to know each other, feeling each other out," he said. "He just wants to get to know me right now and I really appreciate that."
One of the things the two discussed was what Neal liked about Abernathy's game.
"He said he likes that I play both sides of the ball, I'm versatile, play multiple positions and that I'm an athlete," Abernathy said.
Despite being all the way across the country, Abernathy said he is considering Oregon and actually grew up a fan of the program as it rose to national prominence under former head coach Chip Kelly.
"That's really what attracted me to them," Abernathy said. "When Coach Kelly was there I liked how he ran his team and how he presented himself to the media."