Atterberry said back in April 2006 that he preferred to play out of state. The Kosciusko, MS native received his first written offer in high school from LSU and at the time appeared to favor LSU and Alabama.
After committing to Mississippi State in May 2006, Atterberry received offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, and USM. In December 2006, He switched his commitment to Ole Miss and signed with the Rebels in 2007.
It was easy to see why Atterberry got so much attention at Kosciusko. He had 54 tackles and 4 interceptions as senior. He also had over 1,000 yards on offense and scored a total of 19 touchdowns. His performance was enough to make him a three star player on Scout.com and the #63 cornerback in the country.
After redshirting in 2007, Atterberry left Ole Miss in 2008 and enrolled at Holmes Community College. He is in his second year at Holmes. The 5'10" cornerback will graduate in December and be able to particiipate in spring football at Louisiana Tech.
It was another former Kosciusko star that played at Holmes that told the LA Tech staff about Atterberry. Jacob Peeler is a former center for Louisiana Tech and is back in Ruston as an intern on the strentgh and conditioning staff. "I've known Jacob for a long time," Atterberry. "I'm the same age as his cousin and we are good friends."
LA Tech Assistant Coach Conroy Hines and a member of the defensive staff were in Mississippi two weeks ago to see Holmes play Itawamba. Atterberry said he saw the Tech/Hawaii game on ESPN2, but it was something else that made Tech a good fit.
"From talking to the defensive coaches," explained Atterberry. "I knew they were looking for a junior college cornerback to play right away. I've only got two years to play two, so I don't have a year to sit and watch.
Atterberry said he will make it over to Ruston for the LA Tech/ Boise State game in November. Of all the schools that had offered two years ago, he said Mississippi State had talked to him the most this year.
After several turns along the way, the road to playing college football has finally returned to Louisiana for Jamariey Atterberry.
Holmes also has a potential Division One recruit on the offensive side of the ball this year. Louisiana native David Hampton leads the team with 28 catches for 392 yards and three touchdowns. The 6'4" receiver went to high school at East St. John and is receiving interest from Louisiana Tech, Auburn, and Tennessee.