Now that he has actually been to Arkansas, Snow (UT) College linebacker Robert Atiga is definitely thinking about coming back and staying around for awhile.
Atiga (6-3, 240), was in Fayetteville this past weekend, said Sunday that he had a great visit with the Razorbacks and now is considering only two schools.
"I was going to go to Oregon State, but after this visit to Arkansas this weekend – a place I had never been and didn't know a lot about – I have a really tough decision," Atiga said. "It really opened my eyes. I loved it. I'd have to put Arkansas at the top now, along with Oregon State. The Pac-12's good, but the SEC calls just once in a lifetime."
The 2011 prospec. who will have three years to play three at his next stop, was hosted by Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson.
"He was great and let me know everything I needed to know," Atiga said. "He told me they were going to have a great team, felt like they were going to compete for the national title and wanted me to be a part of it. I loved the coaches and everything there."
Atiga would join the Razorback program this summer if he chooses Arkansas and have three years to play three.
He expects to make his decision very soon. If he chooses Arkansas, it would give the program two late junior college additions for the 2011 class as Glendora (CA) Citrus College OL committed last Thursday.
"It's going to be in the next couple of days," Atiga said. "I am going to sit down with my parents and family and just talk everything over and just decide which is the best place for me.
"It's not going to be a matter of one being closer to home and the other being a long way away," Atiga added. "It's just going to be about the place I feel most comfortable at."
Atiga has 60 tackles last season, including five sacks from his Will linebacker spot.
"All of the schools are telling me they have a need for linebackers so that won't be a factor in decision," Atiga said. "I know I will be able to have an impact right away if I just come in and work hard."
Atiga is of Polynesian descent, which some feel might give Oregon State a nod since they have several Polynesians on its roster.
"That's going to be a factor, but not the factor," Atiga said. "I am going to go to the school where I feel most comfortable, not just the place where some of the players look like me."
Atiga has two sisters and three brothers, one of whom (Muka) played with him last season at Snow.
"He's going on a mission so I am going to be the last one left playing football, the only one playing football," Atiga said. "I want to make my family proud."
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