Tigers' Look To Be In The Mix For Five-Star DB

This defensive back, who is listed as one of the top safety prospects in the country and is currently committed to another college, says that he is going to check out the Tigers.

Daytona Beach, Fla.--Avery Atkins is listed as the fourth rated safety prospect in the country by Scout.com, was second team All-State in Florida as a junior and has a mix of size and speed that every college coach is looking for in a defensive back.

The Mainland High standout committed to the University of Florida over the summer and says that he is still committed to the Gators, but also says that he is going to check out some other colleges as well. "Yes, I would say that I am pretty solid with that," Atkins says. "Anything can happen though, but I am pretty set for right now."

Atkins recently said that the other teams he would be interested in checking out would be Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Miami and he still lists those as options, but says he has also added a newcomer into the mix. "The other schools that I would be interested in looking at would be Miami, Florida State, Auburn, Georgia and LSU," he says.

The talented defensive back, who says the Tigers have made a fast and strong rise onto his list of college options, notes that he sees some good things going on in Auburn. "The coaches are very Christian-like and I really like that about them," Atkins, who is being recruited by defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, says. "At my school here we are very big into the FCA program and it seems like they are really about that down there as well."

The 5-11 1/2, 185-pounder with speed in the 4.4 range adds that he certainly likes the direction the Auburn program is heading right now. "I think it would be a great opportunity to go down there and play for a program that is on the rise."

With the recent impression that Auburn has made on him, Atkins says he really wants to learn more about the Tigers. "I think I'll take an official (visit) there because I think they are definitely going to get one of them," he says. "Yes, Florida and Auburn are two teams that are going to get official visits. I am not totally sure about the others yet."

Avery Atkins

The speedy defender notes that he is really enjoying his senior campaign. "The season has been going very well for me and my team as well," Atkins explains. "We came out--we lost our first game, but we rebounded and came back very strong. We played one of our biggest rivals, Orlando-Edgewater, and we beat them 40-9. From that point on we have just been getting better and better every week."

Atkins, who has been troubled this season by an ankle injury and only playing safety because of it, says that he is finally healed. "I am back to playing cornerback right now," he says. "I am back to full speed."

Despite being hobbled for his first few games, Atkins is still having a strong season defensively. "I have like 15-20 solo tackles and I have three interceptions," he says.

He also notes that with his ankle back to 100 percent that he is also getting to fulfill a role that he was planning on doing all year. "Last week was the first time all year that I really played running back," Atkins says. "But, we didn't run the ball that much all we did was throw it around a lot, really."


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