Posted: 3:25 pm Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
By Ken Sugiura
Myles Autry has set his goals high.
“I’m going to come in and make some noise, do the best I can for the team,” said the most highly-touted member of Georgia Tech’s freshman class.
Autry, who led Norcross High to the Class 6A state title as a senior, said he doesn’t expect to be starting immediately, but that’s one of his goals for the season.
Presuming to start is “how bad stuff happens,” he said. “I’m going in expecting to earn the role I’m going to earn.”
Autry is looking forward to playing at Tech with his brother Anthony, a wide receiver coming back from an ACL tear. It was a significant reason Myles chose Tech over Florida State, Georgia and others. Anthony has already been sharing his knowledge about Tech and the college game with his little brother.
“I feel like me and him are going to work out tremendously,” Myles said.
Anthony has already warned him about Tech’s academic rigor, but added that the athletic department’s academic counseling staff is a considerable advantage.
“He said it’s pretty hard, but (with) the support system they have, it’s pretty hard for you to fail,” he said.
An academic issue kept Autry from joining the rest of the incoming freshman class in mid-June, as he had not yet met admissions requirements for Tech. Autry had to take an online high school science class in order to meet admissions requirements.
“It’s nothing to be worried about,” he said.
Autry’s plan is to get on campus sometime next week, he wrote in a text Wednesday.
Autry will have a lot of competition at A-back with returnees like Synjyn Days, B.J. Bostic, Deon Hill and Tony Zenon. As for the blocking involved, Autry said that “I’m not the type of dude that’s going to lay somebody out,” but that “I’ll do what I have to do.”
Autry could also get a look on special teams in the return game.
“I feel like I have to prove to them on punt return that I’m able to make plays with the ball in my hand,” he said. “I feel like, for me to play on offense, I have to show on punt return, kick return, what I can do with the ball.”
With his productivity in high school and the attention his recruitment received, Autry said he’s aware of the pressure on him to live up to expectations.
“I know college, it’s 10 times worse than high school, and I understand that,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”