The trip was a good one for John. "I got a chance to watch most of the scrimmage and I also took a tour of the campus. I like the location of the campus."
Atkins was met at the scrimmage by his recruiting coach Mike Sewak and also talked to his position coach Andy McCollum. "I really like both of them and they said I was one of the top priorities for this recruiting class." Coach McCollum told Atkins that they were looking for top defensive linemen in this class. "While I was there, I picked up an offer from them. Georgia Tech and Georgia are my top two choices."
There are a few things that stick out to Atkins when looking at Georgia Tech. "I like the coaches there and I know they are good at putting players in the NFL. Just in the past couple of years they have put four defensive lineman in the NFL. That is something that will get your attention. I also like the fact that they are showing me that they really want me there at Tech."
Atkins also likes what he sees from the coaching staff at Georgia. "They also show me that they want me. They have a lot of defensive linemen so we'll have to see how that works out."
Alabama and Florida are the other two schools that have been taking a look at Atkins. "Florida is in the same boat as Georgia.They have a lot of defensive linemen but I'm not ruling them out of the picture."
Atkins next trip will be to Athens for Georgia's G Game. "I plan on making Tech's spring game and I also want to visit Alabama and Florida." Atkins also plans to visit the same four schools for summer camps.
Atkins has a few things in mind when choosing a school."Basically it will all come down to the coaches that treat me the best and the coaches that will make me a better player and get the most out of me."
Academics will also play a big role as will the background of the school and the type of setting the school is in will play a role. "I'd like to go to a school that is kind of in between a small town school and a big city school. That is why the campus at Georgia Tech is appealing."
Atkins is new to the defensive line so he's been working on his technique. Atkins previously played offensive guard. "For a big lineman I feel that I have a lot of athleticism."
Don't look for an early decision from Atkins. He's looking to play it out to the end.