Peach state DT impressed with Hobby

Perhaps the greatest position of need for Clemson in the 2012 signing class is defensive tackle. About a month ago, the Tigers offered a three-star prospect from just outside of Augusta, Ga.

DT John Atkins Profile

Thomson High School rising senior John Atkins has also received offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.

"Coach [Marion] Hobby came by the school," Atkins told "He just came by the school. He had to see me in person."

The Clemson offer was one that the 6-foot- 4, 303-pound defensive tackle had been hoping to get.

"That meant a lot, because that's one of my top schools," Atkins said.

"I just liked them when I was younger. I liked them throughout my childhood."

Hobby, the Tigers' first-year defensive ends coach, has made a nice impression on Atkins over the previous month.

"Coach Hobby, he's real cool," Atkins said. "When we talk, he talks about the program and how they need me."

The No. 41 defensive tackle in the class of 2012 has already setup a pair of summer visits. A trip to Clemson is still up in the air, though he plans on making his first visit to Tigertown at some point.

"I'm planning on going there over the summer. It's still undecided when," Atkins said. "I'm planning on visiting Auburn and Alabama [in June]."

He hopes to make a few other stops while on break from school this summer.

"I'm probably going to get back down to Georgia, go to Clemson, I think Tennessee and Florida," Atkins said.

Currently with no favorites, the biggest factor for him at the next level is academics.

Atkins plans on taking all five of his official visits before making a decision.

As a junior, he played tight end and offensive tackle at Thomson. As a senior, Atkins will play nose guard on the defensive side of the ball.

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