Abernathy recaps Oregon official visit

Norcross (Ga.) cornerback Micah Abernathy was in Eugene last weekend on an official visit. Did Oregon impress the Scout 300 prospect?

One of the top uncommitted cornerbacks in the country, Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian prospect Micah Abernathy, took an official visit to Eugene last weekend to see then-No. 3 Oregon knock off a tough Michigan State squad.

Abernathy recapped his experience in Eugene with eDuck on Tuesday evening.

“It was a good visit,” he said. “I got to see the facilities, of course. I definitely got to see and feel the environment with the fans and football team and the relationship that the players have with their coaches. I got to talk to the academic people. It was just a good visit.”

Before the visit, Abernathy claimed that one of the aspects he was most looking forward to was the rowdy atmosphere at Autzen Stadium, which was out in full force last Saturday with ESPN College GameDay and a top seven opponent in town.

“I definitely got the full experience,” he said. “Walking into the stadium from the football complex, they had fans lined up the entire way. The fans are definitely loyal and they care about their football. The crowd is extremely loud.”

While watching the game Abernathy kept a close eye on the secondary and their man coverage against the Spartans, which suits his style of play. When he was around the team, Abernathy spent time with safety Juwaan Williams, himself a fellow Georgian.

“We were just talking about how we both are from out in Georgia and how he left his state to go play all the way in Oregon and how he gels with the players and all this type of stuff,” he said.

Abernathy also spent time with head coach Mark Helfrich as well as the defensive staff in an effort to build on their growing relationship.

“We were talking mainly just to get to know each other," he said. I have never been out to Oregon for a visit or anything. I previously have known Coach (John) Neal but I hadn’t talked to Coach Helfrich that much. So it was just getting to know each other and it was good conversation.”

With Oregon being his first official visit, Abernathy said he still has some thinking to do before seeing where the Ducks stand with him.

“It was a good visit but I have not completely thought about that because I have been scrambling with school and catching up with on my rest and all that type of stuff,” he said. “I will be definitely talking with my parents and family members about that soon.”

Micah’s brother, Ralph, is a senior running back for Cincinnati and his family makes an effort to catch every home game, making it difficult to schedule future visits. However, he does intend to visit the rest of his top five, including Tennessee, Penn State, Ohio State, and possibly Georgia again following an unofficial two weeks ago.

As for when he’ll make a choice, Abernathy was quick to respond.

“I’ll definitely be committing before the season is over,” he said.

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