It's a family affair for the Atkinsons

When you come from the bloodline that Josh and George Atkinson do, your future is pretty much laid out for you at a very early age. The two talented high school football players from Granada High School (Livermore, Ca.) both have offers from the Huskies and both spoke with about all things football and recruiting…

"Our dad is George Atkinson," Josh said matter-of-factly. "He played one year for Denver and 10 years for Oakland, so football has pretty much been in our blood since we were born.

"We've basically been playing football since we were in the crib."

Josh, a six-foot, 180-pounder, who plays mainly on defense for the Matadors, said he and his brother George have a great relationship, although they are very competitive.

"We love each other most definitely, but we go at it pretty good," Josh said. "I mean, we always had some ‘knock-down-drag-out' things as kids. We always compete against each other and since he plays receiver and I play corner, we always go head-up on each other at practice and that just helps us get better."

Last season Josh posted 39 tackles, 15 passes defensed and one interception while playing mostly corner, but next fall he plans to play both ways.

"I'm going to be starting both ways," Josh said. "I'll probably be a running back and a corner, but I could play some safety, so it really just depends on where they need me to play."

While Josh got the speed and quickness, George is the physical specimen with the size.

"I can play running back or wide receiver or even play DB if that's what we need," George said. "One school likes me at running back and another one likes me at safety, but most seem to like me at wide receiver."

George has quite a few offers and in the last few weeks, Washington also put forward a full ride for both of the brothers.

"They like me at wide receiver," George said. "I've spoken with coach (Nick) Holt and coach (Jimmie) Dougherty about things and what it is they like about me. They said they like my physicality and how I play."

As a junior in 2009, George posted 965 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on only 106 carries, while also hauling in 13 receptions for 260 yards and another 295 yards on nine kickoff returns (32.8 avg).

While Josh might have the speed, George isn't a slouch, placing third and fourth in the CIF state meet in the 100 and 200 as a sophomore.

"Right now I have nine offers and a bunch of schools recruiting me," George said. "I have offers from Washington, California, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, San Jose State, Washington State and Illinois and USC and a bunch of others are recruiting me pretty hard."

Josh, the younger of the two by a minute, also has several scholarship offers on the table as well.

"I have offers from Washington, Arizona and San Jose State and Cal told me over the weekend when me and my brother went up there for their Junior Day that they were close to offering me," Josh added. "They basically said they wanted to break down more of my film and watch me a little more, but they said they are really interested in me."

Next month the Atkinsons plan to head north to take in Oregon's Junior Day on April 4th and then they will continue heading up I-5 to take in a few of Washington's spring practices as well.

"I just talked to coach Holt about getting up there for spring ball pretty recently," George said. "He said they have a lot of tradition up there and I got to see them play against USC and that was a big game for them. They beat them up there after they went 0-12 and they were really close to going to a bowl game. It really does look like they have things back on track up there and they are building a winner."

"Washington is building it right," Josh said. "I really want to check them out, take a bunch of visits and compare everything.

"My dad played for Morris Brown which is a small black school and he got noticed. It isn't like it is nowadays. My dad was really good and he's passed his knowledge on to us. We'd like to stay together, but honestly, if (George) wants to go to one school and I want to go to a different one that's what we'll do.

"Our parents want us to make our decisions and be our own men, so they won't interfere, but they are definitely guiding us through it."

We'll have more from the Atkinson brothers as we get closer to them heading to Seattle for their visit.

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