Vol Nation went to bed with a commitment from 3-star athlete Vincent Perry on Wednesday night and woke up with another one on Friday morning of this week.
Cornerback Micah Abernathy of Norcross, Ga., committed to the Vols via Twitter early Friday. He’s ranked by multiple services as a four-star cornerback and has an RTI average of 3.75 stars.
Tennessee was playing with somewhat of a home-field advantage with Abernathy. Butch Jones recruited and coached Micah’s brother, Cincinnati running back Ralph David Abernathy IV, and has a strong relationship with the Abernathy family. Micah was in attendance last weekend when Tennessee checkered Neyland Stadium in their 10-9 loss to the Gators.
While Ralph David is an undersized running back, Micah is a large cornerback at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds – something needed in the SEC with the likes of Amari Cooper, Laquon Treadwell, Ricky Seals-Jones and other oversized receivers populating rosters.
Abernathy is the 26th commitment in a class that is expected to have approximately 25 players in it come National Signing Day in February. He’s the second true cornerback in the class, joining Darrell Miller of Cedar Hill, Tex. ‘Athlete’ commitments Jocquez Bruce and Perry could also get a look at corner.
Here’s our RTI evaluation of Abernathy:
“Abernathy is a high priority for a UT coaching staff looking for size and much more speed in the defensive backfield. He’s a pretty complete package as a recruit – he’s got great size for a cornerback, enough speed that he also stars as a running back on offense and is a high character prospect who is already comfortable with Jones and much of the staff.”
ESPN, which ranks Abernathy as a top-100 player nationally, has this to say about him:
“Possesses a great combination of size and speed for the corner position. This young man is explosive and has a frame that should only continue to fill out and add to his impressive skill-set. Has great closing speed and acceleration.”
Be sure to check out his full RTI recruiting profile for more information such as rankings and video.