Huskies show interest in Atofau

One of the more intriguing prospects in the northwest this coming season is Bellevue DB Jamal Atofau. He's already got two offers under his belt and the local team has picked up his recruitment. caught up with the athletic defender and he updated us on recruiting as well as which camps he plans to attend over the summer.

"Recruiting has been going well," Atofau told recently. "Washington State and Arizona already have offered me and Washington has been picking things up as well.

"Coach (Steve) Gervais is recruiting me and we've talked a couple of times and then coach (J.D) Williams is the DB coach there and he said he really likes me and how physical I am as a defensive back."

Atofau attended Washington's spring game back in late April and said he likes what he's seen from the Dawgs.

"They some good athletes and the secondary has some hitters," Atofau said. "I was pretty impressed with them and I have a couple of friends that are going there so it was fun to see them again too."

Atofau's size (5-10, 185) seem to make him more of an ideal corner, but he's strong and he's a ferocious hitter and that has caused the Cougars and Wildcats to both look at him as a safety prospect.

"I'm a strong safety at heart," Atofau said. "I live to be aggressive and be physical with receivers. I love to tackle and hit and come up against the run and that's why both of them have offered me as a safety.

"I'm open to playing corner, but pretty much everyone recruiting me is looking at me as a safety."

In addition to Washington State, Arizona and Washington, Atofau says that UCLA, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Boise State and Idaho have all been by his high school to take a look at him and they all have shown him enough attention to get him interested in their programs as well.

"I've already been to UCLA once on an unofficial and I'm planning to go down there again," Atofau said. "Gino Simone and I are close friends, so I'll be hitting a lot of camps with him.

"We're planning on going to Cal's camp, Oregon's camp after the NIKE combine down there, maybe Oregon State's camp if we can fit it in, Washington State's camp, Washington's camp and possibly Boise State's camp.

"We're going to be busy, but it'll be fun to compete and show schools what we can do."

Atofau has good speed, clocking a 4.51 forty time recently, as well as strength (285 max bench) and explosiveness (32-inch vertical).

"I've been working on my speed and my agility a lot," Atofau said. "It's always the same thing, you want to get bigger, stronger and faster every year and show schools you work hard."

As far as what he's looking for in a school, Atofau said he and his family are looking for one thing.

"Academics," Atofau said matter-of-factly. "The on-field stuff will take care of itself, but I want to go to a school with good academics and one that supports the players with help if they need it.

"I'm not expecting to decide early on so everyone has a chance to recruit me if they want to. I'm open to everyone and I don't have a leader. I pretty sure I'm going to take all my visits and decide after my season is over with."

We'll have more from Atofau in the coming weeks as recruiting continues to heat up.

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