Atkins putting things in order

Cornorris Atkins is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete from Cleveland High School in Reseda, Calif., and lately Atkins feels truly blessed. Even though his football team didn't play as well as he would have hoped, things are still very much working out for him. He spoke with this week about the colleges he's interested in, the ones interested in him, and what he's doing to get himself ready to take that next step.

"We went 5-5 under a new head coach. We came up short," Atkins told about his season with the Cavaliers.

But all that is behind him now, because usually Cornorris would divert his attention directly into his next sport - basketball. But even hoops is taking a backseat to football recruiting. "The season has started, but I chose to come out late because I'm talking to these schools in football," Atkins said.

Atkins is a coveted player for many reasons, but mostly for his combination of size and speed. He ran a 4.56 at the USC camp at over 200 pounds. "I'm thankful right now," he said. "It's overwhelming. As of right now, I've spoken with nine of the 10 Pac-10 teams and also Nebraska, LSU, Utah State and Nevada."

The Atkins family hosted coaches from Utah State on Wednesday night. "Washington was here on Monday night, but Utah State put on a very good show," Cornorris said. "I was very impressed. But coach Ty (Willingham) is supposed to come down too. I'm a real big fan of his." He is also expecting to see Brent Guy from Utah State and Mike Stoops from Arizona.

The Aggies are the only school to have offered Atkins in writing, but Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska and Washington have given verbal offers. A lot of schools are waiting for transcripts. "I'm getting things in order so I can be eligible for the Clearinghouse," Cornorris said. To that end, he's taking the SAT on Saturday.

Atkins said that he has no plans to visit any college in December, but plans on going to Oregon, Washington, Nebraska and Arizona State at least. "I plan on using all five of my official visits," he said. "I'm hoping I might be able to sneak in some unofficial visits too."

With all the attention lately, is there one college that stands out above the rest for Atkins? "Honestly, it's too early to tell," he said. "I'm going to try and enjoy it, but we're also going to look at everything very carefully to see which school suits me best."

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