Atkins to Set Florida Visit

DL Baraka Atkins will set up an official visit to Florida. He is a defensive end prospect from Sarasota (Fla.) Booker High School.

A coveted defensive line prospect from the state of Florida is Baraka Atkins. Atkins, 6-5 and 245 pounds, plays both end and tackle for Sarasota (Fla.) Booker High School.

"Most schools want me as a defensive end," said Atkins. "I am quick off the ball, have good size, speed and strength. I am aggressive and carry a nasty attitude when I go out there. I do not like anyone and I go after them with an attitude."

According to Atkins, he has around 40 scholarships offers. Miami, Florida, Michigan State, LSU, Auburn, Alabama, and Ohio State are among some of them. Atkins, who camped this summer at Miami (Defensive MVP) and Auburn, just got back from his first official visit.

"I visited Michigan State last weekend," said Atkins. "I have some former teammates that play there and it is a good school. I enjoyed the visit."

Atkins will visit LSU (11-30) and set up official visits to Florida and Miami for sure. Either Auburn or Ohio State will get his last official visit. Here is what Atkins had to say about some of the teams fighting for his signature.

"I went to a game up at Florida and I really like their defense. It is a good program and a top school.

"I camped at Miami and really like their coaching staff, especially coach (Larry) Coker. I have a good feel for Miami.

"I also camped at Auburn and I really like their Defensive Line Coach Terry Price.

"LSU has a good program and they need DL help and I like the defense at Ohio State.

"I will pick a school that likes to get after the quarterback and get some sacks. They have to have tradition and I have to like their scheme. Plus, I want to play while I am there."

Atkins, who bench presses 320, carries a 3.2 (core) grade point average and has already scored a 20 ACT and 1040 SAT. His team lost in the first round of the playoffs so he finished with 70 tackles and 20 sacks on the year.


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