Is Daytona Beach DB Still Considering Noles?

Over the summer, No. 4 rated safety in the country made a verbal committed to the Florida Gators. However, he is now on record that he's keeping an open mind and will visit some other programs. Is the Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland standout considering the Noles?



"In my mind I'm still committed to Florida," safety/cornerback Avery Atkins said.  "Anything can happen between now and then.  My top three is Florida, Miami and Florida State.  After that I like LSU and Georgia."


This time of year college coaches can call once a week.  Florida State running back coach has been doing just that.


"Coach Sexton is cool," he said.  "He tells me to weight my options." 


It sounds like the Canes and Noles will be fighting an uphill battle because Atkins loves everything about the Blue & Orange.


"I went to the Gators home game against Eastern Michigan and it was very nice," he said.  "I would rate my visit a ten because of the whole atmosphere.  The fans and everyone make you feel at home."


Atkins has plans to attend every Gator home except this weekend due to a homecoming dance.  He will also watch the Gators and Noles battle in person at Doak S. Campbell stadium.


Mainland high school is to 1-1 start and Atkins will get his first start at running back.


"I haven't been playing running back because of my ankle," he said.  "I've been playing a lot at safety.  In two games, I have around 10 tackles and two interceptions."


Florida State starting middle linebacker Buster Davis hails from Mainland high school and Atkins remember getting to know the hard-hitting Davis for the very first time in a very unkind way.


"I was a freshman when Buster hit me real hard in practice," Atkins said.  "After the hit, he said welcome."





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