DB Sets UM Visit

Avery Atkins knew it would be tough to defend last year's Class 5A state championship. And if the season opener was to be any indication, Atkins and his teammates were going to face an uphill battle.

"After losing to Seabreeze, we started coming together," Atkins said. "We play FPC on Friday for the district championship. Then next Thursday we play against Chaminade, who beat us pretty good last year."

Atkins, 5-11 and 185 pounds, has been a standout all season. He's been playing a number of positions.

"I've been doing my thing at running back and on defense, I've been playing both corner and safety," he said. "Everyone is starting to play together now."

The talented cornerback prospect made a summer commitment to the University of Florida but nothing was in writing.

"It was just a verbal thing and I knew I wanted to look around at some other schools," he said. "With Coach Zook now gone, I wanna see who they're gonna bring in as new coach."

While the Gators remain near the top of his list of favorites, there are other programs waiting in the wings.

"I still like Florida a lot," he said. "They're gonna be good no matter who the coach is. But I'm gonna take other visits and I'll go where I feel most comfortable."

Atkins has official visits lined up to Auburn (Nov. 12) and Miami (Dec. 16) and plans to schedule Florida State, Florida, and Georgia real soon.

"It's crazy with all the coaches calling and stuff," he said. "They all pretty much say the same things but it's always slanted to help their school sound better."

Atkins is definitely interested in the Hurricanes.

"Miami's tight," he said. "They're having another great season and I have been talking to their coaches a lot lately. They seem real interested. I'm gonna go check them out for a visit to see what it's like."

With so many young defensive backs on UM's current roster, Atkins was asked about the depth charts at the schools he's looking at.

"That ain't gonna matter to me," he said. "I have to respect everyone like they can play because that's why they're there. But they ain't seen me yet. I know what I can do and competition doesn't matter at all to me. I'm just gonna go in and play hard. They better be ready."

The talented defender plans on taking all five of his visits before making a final decision and whether or not his commitment to Florida will stick.

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