Considering Visit

While Daytona Beach Mainland defensive back Avery Atkins had the week off because of Hurricane Frances, he did get a chance to watch the Miami/Florida State game on TV.

"That was a great game," Atkins said. "Two great teams going at it. Miami just wanted it a little more. Those are the types of games I want to be a part of in college."

Atkins made a summer commitment to the University of Florida but has been keeping his options open.

"That's just a verbal commitment," he said. "I can still take my other visits and be able to compare to see what else is out there."

Since the fall recruiting period began, Atkins has been getting calls every night from several different schools.

"Man, everyone's been calling it seems like," he said. "Even people I don't really know much about. Pretty much I'm trying to keep it down to a few teams but Florida is the one that really sticks out so far."

The talented cornerback, 5-11 and 185 pounds, knows where four of his five official visits will go.

"I know I'm gonna visit Florida, Florida State, LSU, and Georgia Tech," he said. "I'm not sure on the fifth one yet. I'm looking at Miami too some. I need to talk to Coach Soldinger some more about setting up the visit or whatever. The thing about Miami is they're always winning no matter how many guys they lose to the pros. I like that."

Atkins and his Mainland teammates were upset in week one of their state title defense. Arch-rival Seabreeze, minus Xavier Lee, defeated the Bucs.

"We just hurt ourselves too much that night," he said. "They actually probably are better without Lee because they're more balanced and all their guys don't just sit around waiting for him to make a play. They're pretty strong this year."

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