Atkins Gives Auburn Visit A Perfect Score

Defensive lineman Geno Atkins talks about his official visit to Auburn and where the Tigers stand.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Standout defensive lineman Geno Atkins from St. Thomas Aquinas has a busy weekend scheduled with trips to both Auburn and Georgia before returning home.

Following his trip to check out coach Tommy Tuberville's program he says that the Tigers are definitely going to be in the running when he makes his final decision later in the month. In fact he says his trip to Auburn was just about perfect.

"I would give it a ‘10'," Atkins tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I like Auburn and I would feel comfortable playing there. They want me to play strongside defensive end. They think I'm quick off the ball and they said they hope they can use me next year if I come there. They say they lost three players this year and my playing possibilities are high there."

Geno Atkins says that his visit to Auburn was a perfect 10.

Hosted by fellow South Florida product Walter McFadden, the 6-2, 270 Atkins says that one of the highlights of his trip was getting to spend some quality time with the players away from football. He says that watching them interact with each other away from school was important for him.

"Meeting the players and looking at the facilities stood out the most to me," Atkins says. "Some of the players that I talked to are from South Florida. Walter McFadden was real cool. He showed me a good time and I had fun with him. Then at the academic center I got to talk with a guy from the engineering department. He showed me a lot of majors I could do. That was cool.

"The players that took me out to eat were real nice," Atkins says. "They showed me around and told me what was good about Auburn. They have a good academic program. They told me that the town was a good town to stay out of trouble. The coaches are always there to help you and they have a good football program tradition-wise."

The Florida 5A Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 for his play at defensive end, Atkins has the frame to play right away for most any school he chooses. Having already visited North Carolina State and Pittsburgh, Atkins says that he has two trips to make before making his final decision.

"I think a week before signing day, after I take my visit to Michigan State, I'm going to discuss with my parents the pros and cons of each school," Atkins says. "I still can't decide yet because I'm going to Georgia today."

With schools on their best behavior, official visits can sometimes be tough for kids to sort through. A very level-headed kid that has his priorities in order, Atkins says that in the end it's all about the players and because of that the Tigers will be in it until the end.

"It was kind of cool," Atkins says of the visit. "Most of the football players hang out and go place and have a good time. They have each other's back and that was real cool."

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