Over the weekend Atkinson was one of over 20 players on the Auburn campus for his official visit and got an up close and personal look at what the Tigers are going to look like defensively under new coordinator Will Muschamp. That’s all Atkinson needed to hear and see to put an end to his recruiting and solidify once and for all his commitment to Auburn.
“This week was my official and it felt really good because I was able to see more things and I was able to bond with the coaches a little better,” Atkinson said. “I like all the coaches and the new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, I love him.”
“I’m not taking any more officials,” he added. “I’m shutting everything down. It feels great because now I don’t have to search here or search there or call this person or that person. I know where I want to go and I’m pretty set.”
Playing all over the field at Langston Hughes, Atkinson is capable of playing several different spots on the defensive side of the ball for the Tigers. That’s something Atkinson said excited him after speaking with Muschamp because he plans to use that versatility to the advantage of the defense.
“They were telling me I can play multiple positions,” Atkinson said. “I just have to come in with the mindset to be ready to play and work hard and get stronger and faster. They are talking about playing nickel, dime, strong safety or free safety.”
Playing the safety spot would mean having Muschamp potentially as his position coach as well as coordinator. That’s something that has Atkinson fired up about his future with the Tigers.
“It’s just going to mean a lot to me,” he said of being coached by Muschamp. “He’s a very active coach. He gets hyped and involved with his players and stuff like that. I like coaches like that.”
Muschamp and the Tigers are hoping to finish with a flourish on the defensive side of the ball after getting visits from players such as Byron Cowart, CeCe Jefferson and Jeff Holland over the weekend. Already adding a commitment from four-star defensive back Tim Irvin, the Tigers are doing work and Atkinson said he hopes there is more to come.
“They are some big-time players,” Atkinson said of the group. “They need to come on and get on the ship because we need players like that.”