Notre Dame will continue to have a heavy influence of players with family members with an NFL connection now that Josh and George Atkinson have given the Irish their verbal pledges. While George may have picked up his Irish offer first, Josh proved to be too good to pass up.
What To Like
After looking at several cornerback prospects Notre Dame felt Josh Atkinson was deserving of an offer. He did not get one to help the Irish secure his brother George, but showed the skills the Irish are looking for in a cover corner. Atkinson shows good feet and hips and has one thing the Irish continue to look for, speed. The son of a former NFL player (George Atkinson), Josh does not play second fiddle to his twin brother and will give the Irish a player at a position of need.
What May Concern You
Anytime you take a prospect from a great distance from campus there can be concerns. However, when you also take the prospects brother, there is better chance of there not being an issue with distance. West Coast teams are not going to stop working here but it looks as if the Irish are solid.
The Irish kill two birds with one stone in getting the Atkinson brothers to pledge to this class. Not only are other Irish pledges happy with these commitments, fans should be very excited as Josh Atkinson brings a great skill set that has been overshadowed by his brother George.