Atkins disappointed but determined

WASHINGTON STATE'S incoming rookie class will be missing Cornorris Atkins and J.T. Diederichs when WSU opens fall practice Sunday, as the two didn't meet academic eligibility requirements. Atkins, a big safety out of Reseda, Calif., has a decision to make -- whether he continues to try and get NCAA qualified or whether he goes the junior college route. But it's a decision he's already made.

Atkins says he expects to join Washington State in January.

"I will not be attending to a JC but I will be studying and getting ready to take the next upcoming SAT in October," said Atkins. "I plan on remaining focused until I reach my goal of playing at Washington State. If all goes well, I plan on coming to Pullman in January."

The 6-3, 208 pound defensive back recorded 34 tackles with two interceptions his senior season. He also caught 25 passes for 320 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 112 yards on 21 carries. He said he's remaining in close contact with the Cougar coaching staff.

"Coach (Bill) Doba and Coach (Mike) Walker are in total support of me and feel confident that I can get this work done," said Atkins. "My family is little disappointed and I don't blame them at all because I feel I let them down."

He won't have all the time demands of a football season this fall, but Atkins won't want for activities to keep him busy.

"Right now I am working out intensely and have a job to help pay for some of my own things I will be needing this summer such as tutoring or extra food," said Atkins. "I am a long 6-foot-3, and I weigh 208 pounds -- I lost a little but I'm still active with my feet and I've buffed up little bit."

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