2017 running back Lamont Atkins is a player the staff has targeted as one of those prospects. Early last month, Vanderbilt extended an official offer to the Atkins and the Commodores have positioned themselves as a strong contender to land the Virginia back.
“I am very impressed with Vanderbilt and that is school I have strong feelings about,” said Atkins. “Vanderbilt is a school I always wanted to earn an offer from and when they did offer me, I immediately got excited. Not only am I high on Vanderbilt but my parents are as well. Academics are a big deal to us and Vanderbilt offers that and then some.”
Atkins is a 5’11 190 pound all purpose back and a player that can turn the momentum of a game in a heartbeat with his open field speed and his ability to find holes in a defense.
The Lake Braddock high school product is still in the early stages of his recruitment but he already has a few schools that stand out among others.
“Right now my top three schools are Vanderbilt, Duke and Navy,” Atkins said. “Duke has yet to offer me but I have been talking to them a lot and I really like what they offer. My father was in the service so Navy is strong school I'm considering. We as a family value serving our country. Vanderbilt is a place that really interests me because not only can you earn a great education from there but you also get to play in the best college football conference in the country. Value in school and earning an education is very important to me and it will be a big factor when it comes to choosing my future college.”
Thus far, Atkins has been able to visit both Duke and Navy but has yet to make it to Nashville.
That will change in a few weeks when the Virginia running back comes to campus on November 21st when the Commodores face off with the Aggies of Texas A&M.
“My plans originally was to visit on the 14th but we had to push things back a week. Me and my parents will be coming down for the visit and we are all very excited to get there. We just purchased our tickets to come down, so it’s official, I will be there on the 21st. I am very excited about visiting Vanderbilt. I really want to see and take in everything I can when I’m there.”
It is almost a certainty that Atkins will achieve many offers in the next few months. He is too talented both on the field and inside the classroom to not have multiple options to choose from.
Atkins plans to take his time with everything but not as long as you would think.
“My plan right now is enjoy the process but also take in all the information I can. I want to make sure I end up making the best decision for me but I also don’t want to drag things out either. I think I am going to be ready to make a commitment sometime at the beginning of next year. I want to be able to find my school, make a commitment and then focus on my senior year. I want to enjoy the rest of my high school career, so more than likely I will try to get my college commitment out of the way so it’s something I don’t have to worry about it going through my senior season.”
Vanderbilt has targeted Atkins as one of their top running back prospects for the 2017 class. He not only fits the style of play on the field for the Commodores but also fit’s the type of student athlete that Vanderbilt has on campus.
Atkins and his Lake Braddock team is currently undefeated at 9-0 with their last regular season game coming this Friday.
Through nine games, Atkins has produced 127 carries for 928 rushing yards and 14 total touchdowns. He also averages 7.3 yards per carry.