“Friday was pretty formal. We went on a dinner cruise. Kind of hung out after,” Atterbury recalled.“I got to meet some of the other players that I didn’t necessarily know yet. I had only seen them playing on the field, so this is the first time I got a chance to sit down and meet all the guys.”
Things didn’t stay formal for long as the recruits were taken to Busch Gardens Saturday and then to laser tag Saturday night. They battled against the coaches, but the outcome wasn’t what he had hoped for.
“I hadn’t played laser tag in a while so it was kind of weird to me. But we got our butts kicked. Plain and simple. We came in talking so much trash. We thought we were going to win. And we lost. It was 110 to 29 or something like that.”
Despite the loss, the future offensive guard knows this team bonding will help with trust and communication down the road.
“It was something different. You get to really see coaches and players. They’re not just football players. You get to the see the other side of them, the fun and goofy side. It gave me a chance to get to know the guys I’m going to be with for the next four or five years.”
Although it may have been a weekend of fun, Attterbury realizes the chemistry build may have a tangible effect come August.
“When we all sign and come in during the fall, it’s not going to be square one, like what’s your name and all that. You already know some of the guys. You’ll be able to get along with the guys quickly which will make the transition process to college that much easier.”
While the Central Catholic player was glad to get to know the coaches and players on a deeper level, he knows he and the other recruits have to work hard to turn this program around.
“When I do end up at USF next year, I want to be ready to at least compete for that job or at least help my teammates to be the best that we can be.We just want to have a good time, play and win a lot. With this group we can do that.
“The great part about his weekend was that it was an eye opener. You got to see some of the parts you don’t get to see in a regular visit. You get to see what’s real on campus. And USF is perfect.”