Atkinson Amped About BYU

Jordan Atkinson from Diablo Valley Community College recently completed a trip to BYU to tour the campus and get to know the program better. It wasn't all that necessary of a trip for Atkinson, however, as he's very familiar with BYU due to a lot of family ties to the program. TBS caught up with Atkinson to learn how his visit went.

The Atkinson name is a familiar one to most Cougar fans, and it should be. Chick Atkinson was once the head coach of the football program, while Dave Atkinson set interception records while playing for BYU in the early 70s. Most recently, Bryant Atkinson played linebacker at BYU before injuries cut his career short.

"Chick is my grandpa, Dave is my father and Bryant is my cousin," said Jordan Atkinson. "So yeah, I know BYU very well."

Atkinson is a 6-foot-3-inch, 242-pound linebacker recruit that can play either outside or inside linebacker and is being looked at to do either at the next level. He has offers from both BYU and Colorado State and is being recruited by other schools, including Cal.

Atkinson is a midyear transfer candidate and is therefore extremely busy these days as he takes a lot of visits and looks at a lot of programs.

"I'm actually leaving for Colorado State tomorrow morning," said Atkinson. "I want to go out there and check them out and see what they have to offer."

Atkinson tripped to BYU without an official offer, but was quickly extended that offer after he met with Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

"It was like a dream come true when I got that offer," said Atkinson about his BYU offer. "I mean, that's the school I've always dreamed of playing [for] when I was a kid. It's where my dad played, so yeah, I really like BYU."

Atkinson was shown around campus by David Nixon and was really impressed with how well the team got along with one another.

"That was probably the best thing about BYU and the number one thing I noticed," said Atkinson. "Just being around the players and seeing how well they got along really impressed me, and I want to be a part of that."

Atkinson was really impressed with BYU's football facilities.

"That was probably the second thing that impressed me most," said Atkinson. "They're top-notch and the nicest I've seen, everything from the offices, the indoor practice facility and the weight room. BYU has very nice facilities."

Atkinson is being recruited primarily by Cougar assistant coach Jaime Hill and is being told that he'll be looked on to help out immediately next season.

"I like playing outside and they like me as a Will linebacker, but they also talked to me about playing the Mike linebacker position," explained Atkinson. "I prefer playing outside, but I can do either. I'm very good at stuffing the run up the middle, but I'm also very quick and explosive off the edges when I blitz. That's probably my favorite thing to do, is to rush the quarterback."

Atkinson is well aware that he'll have to make his final decision on where to play soon, and although he really likes BYU, he wants to give every school a fair look.

"I have to look at all my possibilities and then make the best decision," said Atkinson. "I really like BYU, obviously, but I want to see what Colorado State has to offer and then make the best decision."


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