Fla. S Atkins says things have changed

Five-star safety Avery Atkins committed to Florida a couple of weeks ago but since then things have changed for the 6-0, 185-pounder from Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland.

Atkins just returned from an LSU camp and that trip has put the Tigers even with the Gators at this point.

"Right now my options are still open," Atkins told Tiger Rag. "I like Florida and LSU. It is hard to say if either one is out in front. They are like neck-and-neck."

Is he still committed to Florida?

"I would say it is a soft commitment," he said. "I told coach Zook my options are open."

Atkins worked exclusively with Nick Saban and defensive backs coach Kirby Smart at the camp. The one-on-one work he received from the defensive gurus was unlike any he had ever received before.

"I loved working with coach Saban and coach Smart," Atkins said. "With the two of them together I do not see how anyone can beat LSU. I loved it. They are just different than everyone else."

Daytona Beach is about 10 hours driving distance from Baton Rouge but Atkins said that will not deter him from making some LSU games in the fall.

"Me and my uncle are going to try and come up for most of the home games," he said. "It seems like a long drive but not when you love the school."

Sonny's Take: Avery Atkins remains a Florida (soft) commitment on paper but I think LSU is the clear leader after talking to him. For him to drive 10-plus hours on a weekend to watch the Tigers speaks volumes. Gainesville is a lot closer and you do not hear him saying he wants to attend every game at "The Swamp". For all of those Tiger fans dying for some good news it does not get any better when the nation's fourth rated safety/corner speaks this highly of LSU. I say one night game in Tiger Stadium will seal the deal. Maybe two.

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