Micah Abernathy announces for Big Orange

Defending the air on Rocky Top just got that much simpler for the future of Big Orange football with the commitment of Micah Abernathy. Here's more for InsideTennessee visitors.

Being one of the most talented cornerbacks in the nation can give a college football prospect plenty to think about as elite programs vie for his services.

Micah Abernathy understands this. However, he put his recruitment behind him Friday morning, declaring his intentions to play at Tennessee after his playing days at Greater Atlanta Christian are complete.

"It was a tough decision because all the schools I was considering are great choices, but when I made my decision, I knew It was right," Abernathy told Scout. "I went back and forth on schools a couple times, but Tennessee was always toward the top of my list."

Abernathy took an official visit to Oregon in September before officially checking out Georgia versus Tennessee at Sanford Stadium two weekends ago and seeing the Orange & White host Florida on Saturday.

"After my three official visits, my parents and I came back to Atlanta and weighed the pros and cons," he said. "They left the rest to me and I made my decision.

"My parents and I talked about it Sunday and I gradually made my decision over the next couple of days."

The 6-foot-1, 182-pounder is a Scout four-star prospect, the No. 25-rated cornerback in the nation, the No. 16 player in Georgia and the No. 199 player overall.

Defensive backs coach Willie Martinez is part of the draw for Abernathy to want to suit up for the Orange & White.

"I know he's a great coach, and I know him," Abernathy said. "I'm going to develop as a player and a young man, and I can't wait for the next 4 years."

Abernathy gives Tennessee two cornerback commitments with No. 43-rated Darrell Miller out of Cedar Hill (Texas) High School. The Vols now have 26 pledges in their 2015 class, which ranks by Scout at No. 4 overall.

Abernathy suggests looking around is not an option: "I'm not taking my last two officials. I'm done."

With his recruitment behind him, the corner can pay closer attention to finishing his senior season strong.

"It feels great," said Abernathy, whose brother Ralph David signed with now-Tennessee coach when Jones was at Cincinnati. "Now I can just focus on my team and winning that state championship."

The Spartans are 6-0 after taking down KIPP Collegiate 52-0 last week. The future Vol carried the football 11 times for 54 yards.

The Under Armour All-American was hurt in GAC's season opener before returning with three touchdown runs in a 41-0 win over Hapeville Charter on Sept. 19.

Scout national analyst Chad Simmons contributed to this report.

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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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