Atkinson Will Visit ND

George Atkinson is a dynamic athlete that has the ability to play several positions at the next level. Most schools are recruiting him to play offense, but he's starting to enjoy the defensive side of the ball as well.

The summer is starting to come to an end, which means there are only a few more weeks for recruits to take unofficial visits. George Atkinson of Granada High School (Livermore, Calif.) has already visited Oregon, Cal, UCLA, and USC. He will be visit Alabama and Florida in the coming weeks, and there is a chance he will make it to South Bend as well.

"We're flying out to Savannah, Ga. July 16 and we'll hang out there a couple days and then drive to Alabama and do their camp on July 21 and 22," the 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete said. "From there, we're going to drive to Florida.

"I talked to coach Denbrock about a week ago, and we talked about getting out there sometime this month. We talked about setting up an official visit too, but they want me to come out before that and get a feel for the campus and stuff like that. Were trying to do that and get something set up.

Getting Atkinson and his twin brother Josh to campus this summer would be huge for the Notre Dame coaching staff, but knowing that George and Josh plan to take an official visit is big news.

"Yes, I'm definitely going to take one of my official visits to Notre Dame," Atkinson said. "That's set in stone. I don't have a date yet, but we'll set that up sometime down the line. I'd like to do it on one of our bye weeks.

"I like the school a lot. I pretty much know everything that I need to know about Notre Dame. I've talked to the coaches about the academics and how they support the players. It's basically just getting out there and seeing how I like it and seeing how I cope with being all the way out there from California."

Oregon is another school that will receive an official visit and Atkinson confirmed that the Ducks are very high on his list.

"Yeah, they're up there," he said. "I really like the coaching staff. They're a great group of coaches and that stands out to me the most. I spent some time with the players and the players are cool too.

"(Like Notre Dame) they're recruiting me at both running back and wide receiver. When I was up there for the junior day, they were showing what they could do with me in the backfield as well.

"I don't mind playing wide receiver at all," he said. "I'd like to get moved around, play a little in the slot and then get moved into the backfield. I'm starting to like defense too. I've been playing it this summer and I like it. I probably prefer offense, but I just want to get on the field." Top Stories