A 6-2, 265 defensive end who has the size and speed to play right away on the collegiate level, Atkins helped his team to a berth in the state championship game with a strong senior season that saw him finish with 67 tackles, seven and a half sacks, 18 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Those numbers were enough for him to be named the Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year for Florida. That's a very big accomplishment and one that Atkins says comes because of hard work on and off the field.
"It was a huge deal for me," Atkins says. "We put in so much hard work during the off-season trying to get better. It's a big accomplishment for me."
Atkins is a physical player that could play the strong side in college.
Atkins, the son of a former NFL player, has already visited North Carolina State and has plans to go to Pittsburgh this weekend for his second trip. He's also scheduled to visit Michigan State on Jan. 20 and along with his Auburn trip Atkins says he's added another program to his list.
"I have my fifth school now," he notes. "Georgia offered me a scholarship yesterday. I'll piggy-back that trip with Auburn and go there on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday."
A two-year starter at defensive end for St. Thomas, Atkins says he was named All-County for Broward and Dade Counties and also All-State on several teams. He is also a member of the track team in high school and has a personal best throw of 58 feet in the shot put and 147 feet in the discus.