Mesquite (Texas) Horn wide receiver Jared Atkinson hadn’t been hearing much from Iowa State, but after seeing defensive ends coach Stan Eggen at his school during the spring evaluation period, it didn’t come as a surprise when the Cyclones extended him an offer recently.
“I didn’t have any contact with them at all, I just knew that I was being looked at by them,” Atkinson said of Iowa State. “What excited me about the offer the most was that it was in the Big 12. I never wanted to go too far away. I wanted to stay close to home and stuff so I can always travel back and forth. My goal for this year is to try to get all the Big 12 schools [to offer].”
Atkinson, who switched to receiver midway through his junior campaign after being a backup quarterback, is being recruited solely as a receiver by Iowa State. But after watching the versatile player this spring and offering, Eggen told Atkinson he was impressed with his ability.
“He said that they really liked my film and how I’m a dual player as quarterback and a receiver,” Atkinson said. “They like me more as a receiver because that’s what I’m playing this year now. I was a backup quarterback last year and switched in the middle of the season to be a receiver.”
Atkinson’s touches at receiver were limited last season at Mesquite. He tallied 10 receptions for 216 yards (21.6 yards per reception). He also had 16 carries for nearly 200 yards as a junior.
The next step in Atkinson’s recruitment is summer camps and visits. The soon-to-be senior is still working on his schedule. Iowa State has talked to him about a visit, but nothing has been set.
As for a timeline, Atkinson won’t likely make a decision soon as he won’t likely commit until after his senior season.
“I’m going to wait until either the middle of the season or after the season to figure out my top choice and where I want to commit to,” Atkinson said of his timeline. “Education, the surroundings, basically just the environment [is what I’m looking at] at other schools and other places."