In addition to trying to make a decision on where he'll play his college ball, "John John" is working hard to get ready for his senior season. "Practice has been hot and hard but we are looking real good especially on defense. Atkins expects his team to make a run at the state title this year. Atkins and his teammates open the season this Friday against Washington-Wilkes. He expects the game to be a good test to see where the team stands.
As he moves closer to his decision day, Atkins has narrowed his list of schools down to five. "Georgia Tech, Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, and Florida are my top five. Atkins has plans to announce his decision Friday September 2nd at an 8 AM press conference at his school.
Atkins has given it a lot of thought about what he likes about each of the schools remaining on his list but he played it close to the vest when telling us what he likes about each school. He didn't go into any detail when giving his reasons.
GEORGIA – "They are close to home and I feel I have a chance to play early."
GEORGIA TECH – "I feel like they need me and they are recruiting me very hard. They have about seven defensive linemen on their roster and I can come in and work hard to get a chance to play early. They are also close to home."
AUBURN – "They really made me feel at home when I was there."
CLEMSON – "I like them because growing up they were my favorite school."
FLORIDA – "It seems like they have small lineman there and I can come in and be a force."
Finding a school where he can be comfortable and feel at home will be the ultimate factor for Atkins when he makes his decision on September 2nd. "Playing time might be playing a factor."