Myles Abernathy details why he chose to play for Liberty at the next level

Myles Abernathy made his college decision this past weekend and chose between several programs including Eastern Kentucky, Liberty, Lenoir-Rhyne, Arkansas State, and Stetson. He received a preferred walk-on from Liberty back in February. Abernathy detailed why Liberty was a fit and could be beneficial for his career at the next level.

“I just felt welcome and at home when travelling up there. Seeing the success they have had the past few seasons, it played a big role as well,” said Abernathy. “They have a great program that can set me up for the NFL and life after football. With it being a Christian university, it helps me to better my relationship with God.”

“I’ve known coach Tdub (Tony Washington, Liberty’s receivers coach) for a little over a year now when he would come by our school to recruit me or run into him while at camps. I’m still building a relationship with Coach (Jamey) Chadwell, but the closest relationship I have is with Coach Nate Hope. I’ve been in close communication with him,” said Abernathy.

In terms of the connection with Hope, it ties back to the current head coach at Peachtree Ridge, Matt Helmerich.

“My head coach was actually his head coach his senior year at Johns Creek, so we have similarities there, and he is a younger coach that can relate to me,” said Abernathy.

Helmerich was at Johns Creek for five seasons and led the Gladiators to three nine-win seasons during his tenure there, including a 10-2 season in 2019. Helmerich also won two region championships. Coach Hope was a running back for the Gladiators for two of those seasons, rushing for a career-best 941 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior season.

Myles Abernathy was a centerpiece of the Peachtree Ridge offense this past season. The Lions achieved ten wins for the first time since 2009 under head coach Bill Ballard. They also won a share of the region championship with Norcross and North Gwinnett.

Abernathy was a huge weapon for the Peachtree Ridge Lions this past season. He finished with 47 catches for 685 yards (led team) and 13 touchdowns (led team). His best stretch of the season came in the final three games. Abernathy had 100 yards receiving in two of the final three games and over that span had 311 yards and two touchdowns. He had a phenomenal game against Norcross finishing with 10 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown.

“This past season was the most enjoyable season I’ve had, and the most wins I’ve ever had also. I enjoyed creating bonds and unforgettable memories. The hard work I put into the offseason allowed me to have such a dominant season this past year. The injuries and me not getting the recognition I deserved pushed me to work harder every day.

Abernathy was named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-State team. And was named first-team all-region in Region 7-7A. He was also named first-team all-County for Gwinnett County.

As far as what he can bring to the next level, Abernathy can stretch the defense as a deep ball threat. He is also tough to contain in the red zone with his 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame, and is exceptional at tracking the football, winning the 50-50 ball often. He can make contested catches and there isn’t coverage he can’t win against. Also, you can’t sleep on his YAC (yards after catch) ability. There were several times this past season where he took short routes and turned them into big plays.

Abernathy possesses the intangibles and skills to be successful at the next level.


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