"They've already offered three [quarterbacks] and they are going to take two quarterbacks, because they are short at quarterback. He said one for sure is not going to commit to State and he said he is just waiting on the other two. If he can't get any of those they are going to consider me. It all depends on what kind of season I have this year.
"He said he can't really offer me on the tapes I had from last year, because he really didn't see me throwing the ball like they need to see. He said they are looking for a quarterback that throws a lot."
N.C. State remains Atkins's leader, but he plans to keep an open mind until his first scholarship offer is extended.
"I still like State," said Atkins. "But I'm going to weigh my options. I'm just going to focus on having a good season this year and that should open up some schools to looking at me."
Despite losing two division I-A receivers to graduation, Atkins should have a much better individual season this fall with the change of head coaches and ultimately the change in the offense he will run.
"The new offense is going to allow me to show off my arm and it's going to show that I can run the ball," said Atkins. "It's a lot more passing and the option is going to be mixed in there."
Last season, Atkins completed 93-of-181 passes (51%) for 1,335 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for 280 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers are expected to be shattered.