Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson instructs after 2018 Georgia Tech Football Spring Game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Tony Amerson explains commitment to Tech

With an offensive scheme similar to what he plays in at the high-school level, running back Tony Amerson from Montgomery, Ala., found Georgia Tech to be a fit worthy of his commitment.

“It’s a good fit,” said Amerson, who committed in early June. “I looked at some of the film of some B-back players in the day, like classic B-backs, and it fits me, the way I run.”

Playing out of a wing-T offense at St. James School in Montgomery, Amerson ran for 1,686 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior last season. Amerson’s proclivity for finding the end zone led to his nickname, “Touchdown Tony,” inspired by the nickname given to Tony Nathan, a former NFL player from Alabama and the subject of the 2015 movie “Woodlawn.”

On his game video, Amerson shows good vision, elusiveness and the ability to run through contact. They are traits that would suit him for B-back. Amerson said, in fact, that Tech coaches told him that they were going to take only one B-back in the 2019 class, and so he would be it.

Amerson, who is 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, has a slew of other scholarship offers, including Purdue, Mississippi State, Maryland, Louisville, Kentucky and Maryland. He announced his offer from Tech on May 11.

“I just sat down and looked at all my options, and I did what was best for me,” Amerson said. “Georgia Tech, they’re running the same thing we’re running at St. James, so it wasn’t that hard of a choice.”

Amerson, who was recruited by wide receivers coach Buzz Preston, said he plans to visit Saturday. He is one of seven prospects who have committed to Tech’s 2019 class.

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