Florida's #1 DL Favors Miami

Three games into the season, I truly believe Baraka Atkins is the state's top defensive line prospects. And his 40+ offers help prove that. Atkins talks about his season, the Hurricanes and why they're his current leaders, which other schools are involved, and who he plans to go with on his visit to Miami in this interview.

Baraka Atkins went to Miami's summer camp as one of the top defensive ends on the West Coast of Florida. He checked in at 6-5 and 240 and ripped off a 4.80 on grass. On track, he's been timed at 4.65. His performance there as well as two other summer camps this year put him among the state's best. And through three games this season, he proved he's as good as it gets. He's been named the Defensive Player of the Week in Sarasota twice. He has 27 tackles, seven sacks, and four caused fumbles so far this season. Atkins is a full academic qualifier.

Which schools have called you this month: Ohio State, LSU, Georgia Tech, Miami, Indiana, Auburn, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Iowa, Memphis, and Tennnessee.

All of them have sent you offers, right: Yes sir.

If signing day were tomorrow, what's it looking like: It's looking like Miami.

Why Miami: The Canes are my leader. Their defense has been great this season. Greg Mark called me from the stadium when they were playing Penn State on September 1. That was really cool. I've been leaning to Miami for awhile now.

Have you scheduled any visits yet: The only one I have scheduled so far is to Virginia, the weekend they play Florida State. Me and (safety) Abe (Brown) are going up there together. We're also going to visit Miami together.

Personally, I love our chances with Atkins. I've been saying it since I saw him at camp. He's a big time defensive lineman, and he's fully qualified. And he's having an awesome senior season. I'll try to catch up with his teammate Brown sometime real soon, so stay tuned.

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