NC State has a definite need at linebacker for the class of 2015 and they extended an offer several weeks ago to Roanoke (VA) Hidden Valley standout Nate Atkins. As a junior Atkins (6-2, 225 pounds) collected 111 tackles, 4.5 sacks while adding one interception and a fumble recovery. He was named all-conference, all-region and class 3A all-state.
In addition to NC State, James Madison has also offered with steady
interest coming from the likes of Virginia, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Duke and Connecticut among others.
A little over a week ago Atkins made his second trip to NC State,
this time accompanied by his parents. Prior to that, Atkins had
visited State with several of his school coaches and it was then
that he received his offer from the Wolfpack. Atkins talked with
Pack Pride about his impressions of NC State.
"I came down for the spring game with my family and that was my
second trip down there. I had come down once before with some of my
"The facilities blew me away. The coaches were great. I liked the
atmosphere, the energy. I can definitely see why they hired coach
Doeren. He's a great guy. I really liked the whole staff. Coach
Huxtable, he came up and saw me. All the coaches knew my name. Some
places I go, the coaches really don't address me directly and don't
know my name but there, they knew who I was and it was just a really
good feeling and atmosphere."
So where does State see Atkins fitting into the Wolfpack defense?
"I would be playing inside linebacker. They run a 4-2-5 and that's
what we run at my high school so that's a good fit.
"Coach Doeren told me what stood out to him was my use of my hands
and moving from side to side. Coach Doeren and coach Huxtable both
said they don't have much depth at linebacker so hopefully I'd have
a chance, if I went there, to get on the field early."
While NC State looks strong right now, there could be a potential
nemesis on the horizon.
"I really am kind of hoping for a Virginia Tech offer. I went to a
junior day there and I was impressed. The impression I got from Tech
was probably the one that rivals the feeling I got from State. I
really liked the atmosphere there. When I was really little I liked
Virginia Tech just because everyone else liked Virginia Tech but I
didn't really follow them closely after I got past elementary
school. I actually have been a South Carolina fan."
Atkins said he'd like to get his decision out of the way early so he
can stay completely focused on his senior season without the
distractions that usually accompany recruiting.
"I think I definitely would rather get the decision out of the way
before next season so I don't have it hanging over my head while I'm
playing. I want to get that over with, I would think by May or June.
Sooner rather later, I know.
I'm not really out here trying to get offers and all the stars. If I
find somewhere I'm happy then I'm perfectly fine with that."
Atkins Excited About Wolfpack Offer
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