CORNORRIS ATKINS FROM from Cleveland High in Reseda, Calif., says there are going to be a lot coaches upset they didn't take a closer look at him. Bill Doba won't be one of them, because Atkins -- who projects as a college safety or perhaps receiver -- has committed to the Cougars. CF.C talks one on one with Atkins on the reasons he chose WSU. Here's a hint, one of the biggest ones is named Doba.

"After deciding with the family and having some time alone, I decided to commit to Washington State," Atkins told Friday evening.

The S/WR had an immediate answer when asked what it was about Washington State that let him know Pullman was the place for him.

"Coach (Bill) Doba," said Atkins. "That's a great man. I'm really excited to get the opportunity to play under him."

Doba's somewhat jazzed himself, if his reaction was any indication.

"I actually committed on Wednesday," said Atkins. "Coach Doba, he almost dropped the phone."

Atkins' announcement couldn't have come at a better time for the Cougars. Earlier Friday, prep safety Jimmy Smith, a soft commit to the Cougs, said he was instead going to Colorado.

Atkins (6-3, 205) tripped to the Palouse last weekend as an athletic prospect with a rare combination of size and speed, running a 40 yard dash in a time of 4.56.

"I expect to come in and play and make an immediate impact to the program," said Atkins. "This is a program on the rise and I'm going to go over there and try to help coach Doba make some things happen."

"I also felt that I'll receive the support necessary to be successful in the classroom and on the football field," Atkins told earlier. "Coach Doba said I could make an immediate impact if I wanted it bad enough."

His recruitment has been heated over the past month, with Washington State, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA and Nevada talking to Atkins but schools have held off on offering a full ride until seeing his academic progress.

He says he plans to uphold his side of the academic equation.

"I'm going to take care of what I need to take care of the second semester as far as the Clearinghouse is concerned," said Atkins. "One other reason I wanted to play at Washington State besides coach Doba is that I want to play against all those other Pac-10 schools that were recruiting me but didn't want to take the risk.

"They thought I wasn't going to make it academically but progress is being made and coach Doba stepped up and said 'I'm going to offer you because I feel you'll get the job done.' And I'm getting it done. My GPA has risen tremendously and I can't wait to play against UCLA and Arizona. And Oregon."

Atkins logged 34 tackles this past season with two interceptions while scoring 12 TDs, gaining 320 yards on 25 receptions and adding 112 ground yards on 21 carries. Atkins' verbal brings to 23 the number of hard verbal commitments or signed players in the Cougars' 2006 class. LOIs will be signed Wednesday. WSU is expected to take 24 or 25 players.

Cornorris Atkins profile's Scott Schrader contributed to this report

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