Posted: 11:45 pm Thursday, June 5th, 2014

UGA offers Auburn commit after camp 

By Michael Carvell

Auburn LB-DB commit Montavious Atkinson (center) watches Thursday's UGA 7-on-7 camp with teammates (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Auburn LB-DB commit Montavious Atkinson (center) watches Thursday’s UGA 7-on-7 camp with teammates (AJC/Michael Carvell)

UGA offered arguably the top performer at Thursday’s 7-on-7 football camp.

And that player was Montavious Atkinson, a 3-star linebacker from Langston Hughes High School who is committed to Auburn.

Atkinson simply dominated the star-studded competition through the day, lining up at wide receiver and catching around 16 touchdowns to lead his team to the championship over Grayson. On defense, Atkinson altered between linebacker and his future college position of safety.

Before the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder boarded his school bus for the ride to Atlanta, he chatted with UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

“He was telling me how much he liked how I made plays and my physicality,” Atkinson said. “He said ‘You have a full scholarship and I want you to be a Dawg.’

“That kind of caught me off guard because I didn’t know about it. I didn’t know it was coming. But after they told me about it, I felt excited because I grew up as a Georgia fan and I never thought that I would have that offer and Georgia would be somewhere I could go to.”

How will the UGA offer affect Atkinson’s commitment to Auburn? “I can’t really say too much,” he said. “I can look into it, but I can’t really say too much.

“I mean, it was a great feeling just to have the offer. But I can’t really say too much. War Eagle, so … It doesn’t affect my commitment that much at all. I can look into it. I’m still going to look around and weigh my options, but I’m committed to Auburn.”

If anything, Atkinson will likely rise in the recruiting rankings. He’s currently rated as the state’s No. 71 overall prospect in the 247sports composite rankings. He may not have the ideal size or speed, but he simply makes plays and has a tireless work ethic. There were dozen of elite D1 prospects at Thursday’s event, and Atkinson was the best player on the field in almost every game he played in.

Note: Atkinson’s high school teammate is 4-star defensive end D’Andre Walker, who also has Auburn and UGA among his favorites. They wouldn’t mind playing together in college but they’re not a package deal. “We used to talk about that a long time ago, but I haven’t asked him about that in a while,” Atkinson said.

Langston Hughes beat out Grayson for Thursday's UGA 7-on-7 championship, followed by GAC and North Oconee (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Langston Hughes beat out Grayson for Thursday’s UGA 7-on-7 championship, followed by GAC and North Oconee (AJC/Michael Carvell)

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112 comments
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

JMO but this is good news for UGA and getting Warmack to sign with the Dawgs. Bama signed 3 guard/center players in 2014 and have a couple for 2015. I understand his brother played at Bama and got the big bucks as well but if playing time is what he really wants then he needs to look elsewhere. I hope he will select UGA over the cow college but Gus has already handed him the starting center spot for 2015.

Andrew Bone ?@AndrewJBone 1
#Alabama commitment Richie Petitbon wins Five-Star Challenge OL MVP. Walks away with a "roll tide". #rivalschallenge

HotDawg
HotDawg

It's freaking June.

If any of you think you are such freakin' know-it-all's (especially the haters that spew the most sh t), Go to Vegas and lay down every dollar you've got. Of course, most of you miserable trolls don't even have a quarter to your name.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Nobody knows squat. Let the teams play the games. And worry about who's signing where on signing day.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

I think a glaring issue is rights ability to find talent early on. Auburn got this kid committed months ago. How did they determine his abilities so much earlier.

ARdawg
ARdawg

In recruiting, you win some and you lose some. AU is subject to kids changing their mind as anyone else. I will go on record and state emphatically, AU loses a minimum of 2 games and does not win the West. Forget a playoff

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

He can't really say to much, he can look into it, but he can't really say to much. I think this means he will be a tiger. But you never know with these youngsters today.

BabsTolstoy
BabsTolstoy

You leg humpers blow me away. Delusional. This will only be the second year of Gus, we're barely getting this thing started, these young men being recruited know that. They want to play for championships not Liberty Bowl trophies. Auburn this year wll be twice as good as last. There will be no luck required. The one instance of that was against you clowns, undeniably, after a crappy call on pretty boy's touchdown, but that was it. We beat everybody else straight up. Including the crimnecks. They were gassed at the end, done. Dream on bozos. Get ready for our next run and excuse it by our lack of ethics and what a nice man your coach is. You're welcome to that weak salve while we're hoisting crystal trophies, again.  

LostGoat
LostGoat

gus will not be happy with uga trying to steal his recruits---he'll call mark and lay down the law.

OldFan
OldFan

Auburn will get their share....UGA will get their share.....same every year.  This talk of Auburn going backward this year is quite silly, actually.  Play the games.  Talk later. 

DawginCO
DawginCO

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  it is a long time until signing day.  Alot can happen.  Things might be a bit clearer towards the end of the season, but that is about all.  A bit clearer.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@HotDawg I got a hundred and twelve dollars i will lay on a 9-5 season. Sorry, your defense keeps leaving.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@ARdawg  Check out my reply to BabsToystory... oops Tolstoy, for what my thoughts are on Auburn's chances.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@gtcaryd What it means Techie is that you are desperate to troll.  How about his previous statement...
"I felt excited because I grew up as a Georgia fan and I never thought that I would have that offer and Georgia would be somewhere I could go to.”

Taken in context of THAT statement only a Techie Troll or WDE with rose colored glasses would read "I really can't say too much...I can look into it" as "I'm not going to consider playing for the team I grew up loving but never thought I could get an offer".

Guess we'll see...good luck to the young man regardless...I love a hard working over achiever!

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  He can't say much because he knows that he committed and he needs to protect that while he weighs his options.  There isn't anything mysterious about that at all.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@BabsTolstoy All Awbarn needs is a few hundred more rabbit's feet and a few more castoffs and criminals...keep on dreaming and Babbling Babbette! 

HotDawg
HotDawg

Babs sounds like another class act from Probation U. a.k.a. Auburn.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@BabsTolstoy  See you back here in November to shovel down the crow you will be eating, sir.  Everyone in the country knows that it required a miracle for you Turkey Buzzards to beat Georgia, in your own house.  They saw the worst defense Georgia has put on a football field in 2 decades hold the mighty Malzahn attack scoreless for over a quarter.  They saw your cast off QB, running for his life, chuck a horrific pass and get bailed out.  The outcome of that play could not be replicated in 100,000 tries.  Everyone but you delusional turkey buzzards knows that.

The Auburn fan base comes across as whiny babies with that BS about Murray not scoring.  He scored.  End of story.  How about Lashley's moanfest about the end of the BCS CG?  How weak is that?  Anyone with an ounce of class would have just kept his mouth shut.


Get back to me in November.  When you finish 3rd in the west, just remember the plate of crow waiting on you here.  And if you actually do pull it off, I'll be here to congratulate you.  For the record, I am not sweating a bit.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Babs, have ever thought what the outcome of the game would have been if Pretty Boy didn't score ? Let's see, Auburn couldn't move the ball and couldn't stop UGa in the 4th quarter. Auburn would have taken over on the 1 inch line. Ga most likely would have scored to end the game and Auburn most likely would not have an "immaculate reception"!!! Easily, the outcome could have been very different in UGa's favor if pretty boy didn't score. Just a thought so quit arguing with the replay review because it gave your guys a win.....not a loss.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@BabsTolstoy

You and the Auburn faithful will never understand why there  is so much contempt for Auburn from other SEC Schools. I could care less that you all won a Championship with Cam Newton or that you won the SEC last year and played for the National title with Nick Marshall. Someone has to win and if it is not Georgia as long as it is an SEC School , I am happy. What me and a lot more hate about Auburn is how you got the team to win. Auburn is smart enough to know   the only way to win a Championship is to have a great Quarterback or leader on the team. Florida hated to let Newton go but he stole from a teammate and it was his second offense because he was involved in cheating earlier in one of his subjects. Florida had no choice but to let him go. Auburn welcomed him with open arms because they did not have a Quarterback. Auburn didn't care what kind of character he had , it was not Auburn's job to build character in a player. All was important was winning.

Then comes Nick Marshall , a future All American at Georgia in the Secondary and he is caught stealing from a teammate. I can tell you it was a blow for every Dawg fan to see Marshall go . He was rated in the top 3 players at Georgia But everybody understood that what he did crossed the line and he had to go. Again Auburn needs a Quarterback and because Marshall was a very good Quarterback in High School they welcome him with open arms. Georgia released him because of character issues and lack of integrity but here again something that Auburn could care less about. Auburn's actions indicate that a College player's only reason to exist  is to win Football games, that becoming a respect man with high values and impeccable Integrity is not something that is  important for the player by the time he leaves. 

Without Newton Auburn losses 4 or 5 games that year and without Marshall Auburn losses at least 3 games last year. It amazes me that everyone at Auburn doesn't have a bad taste in their mouth. When you win in the wrong way it just doesn't have the same meaning as if you win with your peers respect.


DawginCO
DawginCO

@BoomTown  And Richt will just laugh and say "Put on your big boy pants, Gus."  LMAO!

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  uh, the issue wasn't how Georgia was going to do.  BTW 9+5 = 14 games.  The only way you pull that off is if you play in the SEC CG.  I don't think a 3 loss regular season gets anyone to the SEC CG.  Just sayin.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@TrueDawg1986 @gtcaryd Bite me true jerk, i never said anything derogatory about that young man. I feel sure he is going to be very successful at AU.

bsg3003
bsg3003

@DawginCO @BabsTolstoy I'm an Auburn student and I hate that guys like Babs give AU fans a bad wrap on here. I honestly don't believe that Auburn will make the playoff this year. We have a stretch of six games where there will be some plenty tough teams that that the Tigers have to play. 


But it's not impossible that we do make it to the playoff, i mean last year i thought getting 8 wins would be an UNBELIEVABLE success in Gus's first year. I feel like we'll be on the outside looking in with 2-3 losses, but man i am stoked about the potential that AU has for the next few years. 

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Buzz-Off 


Bama also had The BARN beat had their team been F U L L Y A W A K E on the return of the failed FG attempt which turned out similar to The BARN/UGA game and Bama would have easily taken down a team that came back on BARN after  a 17 lead in the MNC!!!!!!!!

bsg3003
bsg3003

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie I swore that was Tuscaloosa? If anyone has been to both Tuscaloosa and Auburn, then i'm sure they'd be able to easily point out which place is the actual "shite hole." 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@BabsTolstoy

And I am on record saying that Marshall will never succeed in the Pro's as a Quarterback. He is a great Athlete and is a great Quarterback in College but Richt had him in the secondary because we had a Quarterback already but mainly so he could  be  ready to play Defensive Back in the Pro's. After he waste 2 or 3 years trying to make it as a Quarterback Marshall will finish a long Pro career as a Defensive Back if he doesn't start in the Pro's as one.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@bsg3003  kudos to you for not buying into the hype.  Is it possible that Auburn can win it all, yeah.  They have enough talent on hand to make a game of it with anybody, so yes, it is possible.  But the laws of probability say that the amount of pure luck that Auburn experienced last year will rebound on them.  There are always exceptions and maybe that is what will happen but the odds are that the pendulum will swing back.

Gus is a really good coach and he has a very good offensive system but I'm not sure if it can have prolonged success.  Marshall is a great athlete but I still think he will struggle with coverages and someone will be able the scheme him to good effect.  If he gets hurt the whole season will be a struggle.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@AlternativeDawg Ummmmmmmm not unless your coach is Gussy...here is the quote from Richt when Marshall got the Awbarn offer...Richt said Monday that the last time he might have spoken to Marshall was when he was in his office (being dismissed), but had “a couple of texts here and there,” before he landed at Auburn.  Doesn't scream "UGA in Hot Pursuit" now does it?

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  seems that that can be said of every  fan base.  It is so common that it renders the assertion, no matter who it comes from, moot.

Move along.  Fandom in general leans heavily towards what what commonly be termed delusional.

ARdawg
ARdawg

@gtcaryd @ARdawg Also unlike Tech, AU has at least 6 games that they'll be lucky to win half of them. That's 3 losses, likely more. They had a good year last year but, it wasn't on talent. Hard to ride that good fortune on luck two years straight. Minimum 10-2, likely 8-4. Still better than Techs usual 6-6

ARdawg
ARdawg

@gtcaryd @ARdawg Apparently that GT education didn't improve your intelligence, did it? They will lose to the opponents in several games. Unlike Tech who loses to most

HotDawg
HotDawg

DawginCo....try using fanatical instead of delusional. There is a difference. And we all know "fan" is short for fanatical.

"Delusional" is now being used so often on blogs, that it is becoming as falsely overused as "racist" is today. People using those words to label people have run out of original thought and argument.