Southern Methodist University picked up its eighth commitment for its 2009 recruiting class Wednesday afternoon when another local athlete chose the Mustangs.
DeSoto, Texas offensive lineman Chris Atchinson confirmed with PonyStampede.com a few minutes ago that he is now a Mustang.
"Yes sir I'm going to SMU," an excited Atchinson said. "I made my decision based on a couple of things. I loved Coach (Dennis) McKnight, the offensive line coach. My recruiting coach Derrick Odom is also great. I just felt at home at SMU. I went to their camp and realized that's where I wanted to spend my college career."
Atchinson, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound athlete is expected to play offensive guard at SMU.
"I play center for my high school team," Atchinson said. "I will probably play guard or center for the Mustangs."
DeSoto head coach Dave Meadows uses Atchinson on the offensive line, but feels he has the ability to play on either side of the ball.
"He's on the offensive line, but he could play defense line," coach Meadows said in a recent interview when asked about his standout lineman. "I can't even tell where he'll end up at the next level, because we may play him on defense next year. He has that type of ability and he's definitely an explosive guy. He moves his feet well. He's a strong guy and he's got good hips. He can pull, he can get downfield and block. He can stand up a defensive end or linebacker… he's just athletic."
"He might play some defense next year, but we don't play many guys both ways. He's a good guy. He's smart and he has big hip explosion. He plays left tackle for us. If we did throw the ball a lot, which we don't, he could protect the quarterbacks' backside. He's trained to play center, he's athletic enough to play just about anywhere. He's the type of player that every team needs."