Can School Ties Keep TE From Leaving State?

One of the few recruits to be offered by the Bulls after the SuperBull was Dixie Hollins TE Gerard Atkins. The 6'5, 220 pound prospect talks about who's offered, what school out of state is competing with USF and when he'll make his decision. Get the inside scoop! Only on!

This year the Bulls have two scholarships available for tight ends. One prospect we've mentioned numerous times on this site is Gabe Holmes from Aquinas and the newest name on the board is Dixie Hollins TE Gerard Atkins. Atkins was offered a scholarship last week by the USF coaching staff.

"I found out about the offer in the middle of last week and I got a written offer in the mail on Saturday."

Dixie Hollins has been very good to the Bulls in the last 11 years giving them two of the most notable names in South Florida history. The best back to ever play for the Bulls – Andre Hall, and the only man to ever coach at USF – Jim Leavitt. Will those ties be close enough to land the 6-foot-5, 225 pound tight end?

"I really like USF, the players, the coaches and the school. I talked to Andre Hall after I got my offer and he said how much he enjoyed his time there." However there is one other team that Atkins is looking closely at, "I also like Kansas. They show me a lot of interest and are close to offering."

In high school Atkins plays wide receiver, at the next level he'll be a tight end. He has two offers – FAU and USF, there are three others showing high interest – WVU, Kansas and Iowa State.

"I'm going to talk it over some more with my mom. She really likes USF too and wants me to go there. I gotta think about it because I might want to go check out Kansas before I decide. I've never been, but my cousin played for Kansas State a few years ago and liked it a lot."

Atkins is high on the Bulls recruiting board due to his body type. Considering he's 6'5 and already 225 he could see early playing time, unlike current Bull Cedric Hill who took a year longer to develop than most expected. Gerard has above average hands and is a play maker at WR for his team.

"I'm working on my route running, I felt I improved on that this spring."

This summer Atkins is working-out with his team four days a week, they lift for an hour and run for an hour at each practice. Atkins is done with camps for the summer and is focusing on his senior season. By the end of the year he hopes to be 230 pounds. Stick with USFNation for the latest on Gerard Atkins.

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