Bay Area Athlete Headed to Junior Day

Livermore (Calif.) Granada George Atkinson is one of the 2011 prospects from California with the most scholarship offers to date. While college coaches aren't sure where they'll play him they're sure they want him. Check inside for the latest on his recruitment, including his plans to visit nearby Cal...

George Atkinson (6-3, 190) is sitting on eight scholarship offers, which has caught the versatile Atkinson by surprise.

"Recruiting has been going good but it's coming fast," said Atkinson. "I never expected it to be this crazy so soon."

Atkinson's eight offers are exclusively from the West, with seven of them coming from the Pac-10.

"My eight offers are from Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, California, UCLA, San Jose State and Oregon," said Atkinson.

Atkinson played running back and receiver for Granada as a junior, and said that college coaches haven't specified to him what position he'll play in college.

"All of my offers are really as an athlete," said Atkinson. "I can play both receiver or running back, but I just want the ball in my hands."

Atkinson said he'll spend the spring taking unofficial visits to a handful of schools.

He said, "I'm going to Oregon and probably Washington sometime in the spring. I'm trying to do them both at the same time. And I knew for sure I'm going to Cal's Junior Day and to UCLA."

Atkinson said he's not favoring any schools at this point.

"I'm still pretty wide open," said Atkinson. "I know I want to take all five of my visits, but I'm not sure where yet. I want to be able to see each program face-to-face, so that's why my recruitment is pretty open."

Atkinson's twin brother, Josh, also has a handful of offers, some of them from the same programs, and the two have talked about playing together at the next level.

"It's definitely a possibility but really it comes down to the best fit for both of us," said Atkinson.

Atkinson is in the middle of track season, where he's running the 100m and 200m and he said track in college is also a possibility.

His father, George, played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders, winning a Super Bowl with them and is currently involved in the Raiders radio broadcast.

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