JC defender favors Dawgs

With the loss of two starting linebackers to graduation following the 2005 season, Husky football coaches are concentrating on bringing in a couple playmakers to the defensive side of the ball. One playmaker that has the Huskies square in his sites is Compton CC DE/LB Anthony Atkins. Dawgman.com was able to talk with Atkins before practice this week and he updated us on recruiting and how his season is going.

"Our season is going okay right now," Atkins said. "Right now we're 3-3, 3-1 in conference and our defense is ranked pretty high in the state. We're number one in sacks and number one against the run. I think we're third in overall defense."

As far as his own statistics are concerned, Atkins is having an excellent season. He's posted 37 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception.

"I've been playing pretty well, but we can all do better," Atkins said. "I've been moving around, playing middle linebacker sometimes and defensive end at other times."

On the recruiting front, Atkins is hearing from several big-time schools including USC, LSU, Arizona State and Nebraska among others. While he might have offers from all of those schools, one school has risen to the top.

"Right now Washington is my favorite," Atkins said enthusiastically. "I just talked to coach (Eric) Yarber last night and we set up an official visit for the second weekend in December.

"I'm also trying to get my teammates both up there," Atkins said referring to Compton S Ashley Palmer and DT Brandon Johnson. "Ashley is definitely going and I'm pretty sure Brandon is going to go to. I'm trying to talk them into continuing to play with me. We want to stay together if possible."

Johnson has already committed to Nebraska, but said Washington has definitely been coming on for him lately.

"I committed to Nebraska, but (Washington is) still a school I'm interested in," Johnson said. "(Anthony) wants us all to stay together so I'm going to go up and check it out."

Turning back to Atkins, he says the Huskies are recruiting him as either a defensive end or a middle linebacker.

"I don't care where I play, just as long as I get to hit people," Atkins said. "I like to get after the quarterback, but I also like the middle and making tackles. I know Washington is struggling this year, but they have played well at times and they need some guys to come in and make some plays. I can do that. I want to come in and do some winning."

Yarber recruited Atkins out of high school for Oregon State and Atkins said when Yarber made contact with him at Compton, he was pretty much ready to make Washington his favorite.

"I like coach Yarber," Atkins said. "He's a really straight-forward guy. He tells it like it is. He's really cool too. Plus, he coached in the pros, so I know he knows what it takes to get there. We talk all the time. He calls every week."

Atkins also has family in the Seattle area and plans to see them on his official visit in December.

Atkins, Palmer and Johnson are all December graduates and would be eligible to participate in spring drills in March.

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