“I’m still 100 percent all the way,” Atkinson said. “War Eagle.”
That’s good news for Auburn because Atkinson is a player who has a chance to be a star on the next level because of his combination of size, speed and length. With a long reach and ability to play in space, he could fit in Auburn’s defensive schemes at a number of different places.
Atkinson has the length that Auburn's defensive coaches are looking for
Noting that Auburn is “just a fun place and I like going down there,” Atkinson said he enjoyed getting to watch the team practice as it prepares to defend the SEC Championship. Watching the safeties closely as well as the "star" position, he said he particularly enjoyed getting to see Coach Charlie Harbison in action and it only backed up why he likes the Tigers so much.
“It was really good,” Atkinson said. “I haven’t been there all summer so I was looking forward to getting back there. It felt like home.
“It has a lot to do with Coach Cheese first off,” he added about his love for Auburn. “He’s a Godly man and puts God first. I love that. Coach (Gus) Malzahn always shows me love when I come up. It’s also about the fans and the players. I want to play with them.”
With plans to get on the field early next year when he gets to Auburn, Atkinson said the practice showed him exactly what he needed to do in order to impress Harbison and make it happen.
“A lot stood out to me,” Atkinson said. “He wants his guys to fly around and make plays. I guess that is what I’ve got to do when I get there.”
A standout since his freshman season at Langston Hughes High, Atkinson has nearly 400 total tackles in three seasons, eight forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions. Last season he totaled 137 tackles in 12 games.