RECRUITING: OU after another Daytona Beach star

Daytona Beach, Fla. cornerback Avery Atkins has five schools in mind. Did the Sooners make the cut?


Avery Atkins is speedster with good size and the kind of cover skills at corner that can make him a star in the collegiate level.

Atkins will be a two-year starter at cornerback next season, but he also lettered at running back as a sophomore. At cornerback this past season, Atkins finished with six interceptions, 15 pass break-ups and 21 solo tackles. On offense, he carried the ball 51 times for a whopping 770 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"I like cornerback better than running back because I like hitting people more than getting hit," said Atkins. "I have always played running back until last year when I moved over to cornerback, and I found that I really liked the position."

Atkins can bench 270 pounds, squats 525 and he has posted a 35-inch vertical jump. Atkins did not participate in track a year ago, but he plans to his senior year. Atkins has been to LSU unofficially and went to the Tigers spring game.

Atkins has been offered by 14 schools at this point and he is having trouble with coming up with a top five.

"Right now I am wide open. I am still considering just about all the schools," said Atkins. "I like Florida, LSU, Miami, Florida State and Michigan. Oklahoma has also offered me and I like them a lot. I have talked to Coach (Darrell) Wyatt and he is a cool guy. I have also talked to Coach (Bo) Pelini and he was a great guy. I don't really know a lot about Oklahoma, and I hope to visit Oklahoma sometime this summer.

"I can really adjust to any kind of defensive scheme, but the depth chart is important to me. Also, I want to see if the team is committed to brotherhood and if they care about one another."

Atkins is still looking for his test scores in the mail.

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