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