Analysis: John Atkins

John Atkins is a defensive lineman the University of Georgia pursued in 2012 and they picked up a commitment from him Friday morning. Find out what the Dawgs are getting here.

Prospect: John Atkins
Location: Thomson, Ga.
High School: Thomson
Position: Defensive Tackle
Size: 6-4/303
Class: 2012
Ranking: No. 44 ranked DT in the country
Committed to: Georgia

Simmons' Thoughts: Atkins is a very athletic defensive lineman and that may his biggest strength right now. He is still extremely raw as an interior defensive lineman and he has not played a lot of that position to this point. He has spent most of the last couple of years as a tight end and offensive tackle, so learning the position, getting the technique down, and just getting used to playing in the middle.

One thing that is certain about is Atkins, is his athleticism. The kid can move. When I watched his junior film and saw him running at 290 pounds, I saw something. He is athletic, his is agile, and he is quick for a guy his size.

He is someone I will watch about mid season to see how he is playing and how he has adjusted to defensive tackle. He is a three-star that has already been talked about as a possible four-star for us on Scout, but there is not a lot to go off to rank him there yet.

At Georgia, he will be used as a nose guard in their 3-4 front, but he may be just quick enough to slide to the end position and be a force at the five technique. He is similar body type to DeAngelo Tyson, but not as strong and he has not shown the first step Tyson played with coming out of high school yet.

Overall, UGA is getting an athletic lineman with a fairly high ceiling. I would like to see Atkins with that toughness and intensity I like to see as he learns the defensive tackle position. I know he has good feet, I know he can move, and I know he has the body you look for at that position, so he is off to a good start.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager. After less than three years, Simmons was moved to National Recruiting Analyst in July 2011.
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