Atkins Makes His Pick

The St. Thomas Aquinas standout has made his pick.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--St. Thomas High defensive lineman Gene Atkins has picked Georgia over Auburn over He made the announcement on Wednesday morning at his school after having in home visits on Tuesday night from coaches at both colleges.

The 6-2, 270 pound defensive lineman also considered Michigan State and several other colleges.

Auburn coaches Eddie Gran, Don Dunn and Terry Price visited him at his home on Tuesday along with coaches from Georgia.

"I committed to Georgia," Atkins said on Wednesday at his school. "I liked the campus they have what I want to major in and I got along with the players and the coaches.

He said Georgia wrapped up the commitment Tuesday night during an in-home with head coach Mark Richt. "What sealed it was I got a feel for all the coaches. They talked about the graduation rate and how the football team was a family. I also like the academic support they give all the athletes and stuff like that."

What did he think of Richt the individual? "Coach Richt is a good person. He loves spending time with his players. Each position coach has a dinner with all of his players and I like that. Very down the earth."

The facilities in Athens are some of the best in the conference and that wasn't lost on the defensive lineman. "The facilities are pretty nice. They say they want to reward their athletes so they give them top equipment and top facilities."

Georgia's depth has thinned out along the defensive front and Geno likes his opportunity at some early playing time.

"I see myself fitting in pretty well," he said. "They're losing a couple people on the defensive line and they're trying to rebuild so I'll have a chance to play."

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