Atiga's Arrival

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats it up with Snow (UT) College linebacker Robert Atiga (6-3, 240) - a 2011 prospect who is making a late decision and will be taking an official visit to Arkansas this weekend. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner.

Now that the Razorbacks have landed one late 2011 class addition, they can turn their full attention to another.

Snow (UT) College linebacker Robert Atiga (6-3, 240), a potential impact player next season, will begin his official visit to Arkansas on Friday.

The Razorbacks hope to add him to Glendora (CA) Citrus College offensive lineman Chris Stringer (6-7, 305), who committed Thursday morning.

"I'm a West Coast guy so I really don't know too much about Arkansas other than they play in the SEC, are a big school and have a great team," Atiga said. "I've never really even been to the South so it's all going to be new to me."

Atiga has already visited Utah, Oregon State and Washington and plans to have a decision announced soon after his visit to Arkansas.

"This will definitely be my last visit," Atiga said. "I ready to pick one of these schools, get there this summer and start my new life with my new team."

He goes into the Arkansas visit with Oregon State as his perceived leader even though his uncle Johnny Nansen is a coach at Washington.

"I guess you could say that Oregon State is my leader, but really that's because I have never been to Arkansas and truly don't know a lot about it," Atiga said. "I may get down there and say ‘this is everything that I have been looking for and where I want to play.' So really I am open."

Ironically the distance away from his Utah home may work as a positive more than a negative.

"To be honest with you I kind of want to get away from the West Coast and experience something different," Atiga said. "It's time for me to go out and live life on my own and create a name somewhere else."

Atiga had 60 tackles last season for the Snow Badgers with that including five sacks.

He did that from a Will linebacker spot, which is where he is being recruited to play in college.

"I know the colleges like my speed and ability to blitz off the edge in pass rush situations," Atiga said. "I also have good coverage ability and don't mind at all sticking my head in there and making a play at the line of scrimmage. In fact, I love the contact."

Snow went 9-3 last season, including a season-opening 80-6 win over Columbia Basin and a season-ending 48-36 win over Iowa Western in the Top Of The Mountains Bowl.

If Arkansas lands Atiga, it will give them two of the Western States Football League's best two defenders last season.

The Razorbacks are already bringing in Phoenix College linebacker Alonzo Highsmith, the WSFL's Defensive Player of the Year last season.

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