Daytona Beach CB Is "The Real Deal"

Year in and year out, Florida State is always looking for premier cornerback prospects. This year is no different. One such prospect nicknamed "the real deal" has already tendered offers from Florida State, Miami, LSU, Georgia, Michigan and Michigan State. Where do the Noles stand with this elite athlete?

"My top three schools are Miami, Florida State and LSU," Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland cornerback Avery Atkins said. "I also like Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, and Georgia. Miami and Florida State are my two favorite teams growing up."

What does the 5-foot-11 and 180 pound standout with 4.4 40-yard dash speed like about some of his favorite teams?

"I like everything about Miami," he said. "They have a winning tradition and put lot players in the NFL. Everything is great about Florida State. I like Coach Bowden and Andrews a lot. I've been over there a few times and their facilities are nice. I just visited LSU for their spring game and it felt like home. I love their facilities."

One of the main factors in Atkins making a decision will be distance to home.

"I want my family to be close enough to be able to see all of my games in college like high school," he said. "I'm looking for someplace that fells like home and a place that has a brotherhood kind of atmosphere."

This summer Atkins has plans to attend football camps at Michigan, LSU and Florida State.

Atkins, who recently ran a 20-yard shuttle in an amazing 3.9 seconds at a combine, helped lead Mainland to the 5A state championship as a junior by recording over 50 tackles and four picks on defense, while running for 735 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense. In a game against cross-town rival Seabreeze, he was selected to player of the week by rushing four 106 yards on four carries. On defense, he had six pass breakups.

The Daytona Beach Mainland standout is an excellent student. He has a 3.0 grade point average.

Atkins would like to make a decision sometime during the middle of his season.

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