Atiga getting close to making his choice

With spring practices concluded for all D-1 football programs, coaches now know what holes they still need to fill and one player getting a lot of attention is Snow LB Robert Atiga (6-3, 240). The talented linebacker has taken three official visits and has one more scheduled before he will sit down with his family and make his decision...

"Things have been going good for me," Atiga told "I've taken official visits to Utah, Oregon State and Washington and I'm heading to Arkansas next weekend (May 13th) and then when I get back I will commit to someone."

Atiga visited Utah on April 8th, Oregon State on April 15th and Washington on April 22nd and said that he has a leader among those three.

"Oregon State is my leader right now," Atiga said. "My ties to Washington are with Johnny Nansen, he's my uncle, so I know him well and I feel real comfortable with him and I liked the visit there, but with Oregon State, the coaches there are awesome and I loved the small town, college town feel about it.

"I'm from a small town myself. Snow isn't in a big town (Ephriam, Ut.) so I'm used to the smaller towns and I loved it (in Corvalis, Or.).

"Right now I have three great schools to choose from and Arkansas could end up being better than all of them, but I need to get out there and see if for myself before I can make that decision."

As a redshirt freshman last fall, Atiga played the weakside linebacker position for the Badgers and posted nearly 60 tackles and five sacks and he said that is the spot all of his suitors want him to play.

"They all like the way I pursue and how quickly I get to the ball," Atiga said. "I love to play sideline-to-sideline and to make plays for my team.

"I'm working really hard on my coverages, dropping back and being more aware, but I'm probably best against the run and at blitzing."

Atiga is on pace to graduate later this month and will have three years to play three wherever he ends up.

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