Atkinson Is Now A Hot Commodity

Livermore (Calif.) Granada athlete George Atkinson is up to fourteen offers, with UCLA being one of them, and he plans to visit Westwood unofficially in the coming months...

Livermore (Calif.) Granada athlete George Atkinson (6-2.5, 190) is now up to fourteen offers, with a few more new offers coming in recent weeks.

Notre Dame, Northwestern and Nebraska have all offered Atkinson in the last two weeks, to go with his previous offers.

"I also have offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State, Washington, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Illinois, San Jose State and San Diego State," said Atkinson. "My coach said Utah could be offering me next and I'm hearing more from USC. They've sent me some letters saying they recognize me as one of the top players in the class of 2011."

For Atkinson, the attention is all coming as an athlete, and while he prefers offense, he's seeing much more interest as a safety.

"I definitely would like to get out there and play the receiver spot, but I'm really getting into defense. I think most likely I'll be a safety. My dad was a corner so I have some good coaching from there."

Atkinson was one of the standouts at the Las Vegas Badger/New Level 7on7, where he played both receiver and safety, but really stood out with his play in the secondary.

"It's becoming more comfortable for me and I like getting back there and using my instincts," said Atkinson.

Atkinson said with all of his offers, it's far too early to start whittling down his list.

"I don't even have a top five right now," said Atkinson. "I'm pretty wide open."

Instead, he'll take some time and make some unofficial visits and camp stops during the spring and summer.

"I'm going to the Nike Camp at Stanford, and I'm going to SC for the Rising Stars and UCLA too probably for their camp," said Atkinson. "I'm going to try and get down and visit USC and UCLA soon and I'm going up to Oregon and Washington too."

Atkinson attended Cal's Junior Day last month.

"Cal's Junior Day was real cool, I had a good time up there," said Atkinson. "I like the coaches and that it's close to home."

Atkinson is in the middle of track season, where he's running the 100m and 200m for Granada.

Academically, Atkinson has a 2.8 GPA and took the SAT earlier this month.


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