Daytona Beach CB Atkins one of Fla.'s best

If you are looking for a true cover cornerback with size, speed and the ability to shut down the opposing team's best receiver, look no further than Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland's Avery Atkins.

"I have got good instincts and I am very aggressive," said Atkins. "I'm good at not letting the receivers get clean breaks off the line. I'll take some chances out there in coverage but I rely on speed more than anything."

Atkins definitely has the physical tools to be a great corner at the college level.

Not only does Atkins have the size at 6-1 and 190 pounds but he has been timed consistently in the 4.4-range. Add in his athleticism and love for the game then it is easy to see why he has picked up over 15 offers.

One program has made a big impression on Atkins since the beginning of his recruitment and surprisingly it is not one of the big three in the Sunshine State.

"LSU, Miami, Florida State, Auburn and Georgia make up my top five with LSU at the top," he said.

All of his favorites have offered but Atkins said he feels at home at LSU and thinks he fits in well with the players and coaches. He plans on spending a week and a half in Baton Rouge over the summer to check out the campus and spend time with some of the players he met at the spring game.

"When I went there I felt at home," Atkins said. "The weather is hot like it is here in Florida and it never gets too cold. The coaches over there seem so real. Coach Saban coaches the corners and he would be my position coach. I like that."

All of the schools in Atkins' top five have the same thing going for them in one aspect because he really likes the way the head coaches have been honest and up and front with him.

"All of the coaches at those schools are straight forward," he said. "They all told me if I would get hurt and couldn't play football anymore I would still have a scholarship so I could earn my degree. Some of the coaches at other schools wouldn't even answer me when I asked them about that."

Atkins is waiting on the results from his latest ACT and he has a 3.0 grade point average. He expects to be fully qualified before his senior year begins.

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