Enjoys the Scout.com Combine

Manassa High School's Harold Atkins, one of the top wide receivers in the city of Memphis, attended the Scout.com All-American combine at Oxford this past Sunday. He talked about his experience as well as how his recruiting is going.

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Normally, Harold runs a 4.5 to 4.6 forty yard dash. Due to an injury, he ran a much slower time at the combine, but he believes what he learned while participating in the combine was well worth what little discomfort he had to deal with.

"My hip was hurting but I still wanted to do the drills," said the 6-2, 158-pounder who caught 20 passes for 300 yards and 4 TDs in a run-oriented offense last season. "It started hurting the night before. I don't know why because I didn't do anything to it. My friends that were with me at the combine told me to sit down because I don't want to hurt myself for later on, but I wanted to do it so that I could learn something. And I learn a lot of good stuff, especially with my routes. When I came back home the next day I told some of my other receivers how to run the curl better. I also told them what DBs look at."

Harold is considered one of the top wide receivers in the city of Memphis and he has three SEC schools that are showing serious interest in him.

"Schools showing the most interest in me are Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Ole Miss," said Harold, a starter since his freshman season. "Those are showing the most attention and are coming by my school this month. Others showing interest in me are Southern Miss, Marshall, Arkansas, North Carolina and Auburn."

Those three are among his top five schools.

"The ones I like the most are Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Marshall and Southern Miss," said Harold.

He explained what he likes about each school.

Vanderbilt - "They are in the SEC. I like the fact that as soon as you leave there after your four years there you will have a good degree and a good paying job. I like the school education-wise, but, more importantly, football."

Mississippi State - "I like (MSU head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom a lot. I like him because he is somewhat like how my head coach my freshman year was. My head coach had a tough year rebuilding. He only won like one game and the next year won one game, but the year after that we went to the playoffs. And Mississippi State is not too far off and my family can come watch me play. And it's in the SEC."

Ole Miss - "They send, like every other year, players to the League (NFL). I like where their program is headed. And I like their coach, (Ole Miss head) Coach (Ed) Orgeron."

Marshall - "They are a good passing school. They also produce good receivers. My favorite receiver, Randy Moss, went there."

Southern Miss - "I like them because they are in Conference-USA. And Conference USA comes to town and plays Memphis. They are an aggressive team. And the majority of the time they win their conference championship. They normally go to a bowl game every year or every other year."

He has plans to camp at three of his favorites.

"On the 2nd of next month (June) I am going down to Ole Miss. On the 4th I'm going to Mississippi State. And on the 17th I am going to Vanderbilt," he said. "I would go to Marshall, but it's too far off."

Which school will be the first to offer this gifted receiver? Keep it on Scout.com to find out.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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