Georgia fans were hoping for a signing day surprise on 2014 and they got in West Hall TE Hunter Atkinson.
With Atkinson committed to Cincinnati, Georgia offered late on Tuesday night, and after a family discussion, the 6-foot-6, 254 pound prospect chose the home-state Bulldogs.
“His best football is way out in front of him,” said West Hall Head Coach Tony Lotti.
The Georgia offer was too much for Atkinson to pass up according to his coach.
“He was excited about Cincinnati, I really like the coaching staff there,” he said. “Being a local kid, and I think a lot of kids that grow with the dream of playing there, (Georgia). They were upfront with us the whole time. They told us they found out about him kind of too late kind of thing and there was not a spot open. They kept telling me if a spot opened up, he was going to get it and they held true to that.”
Atkinson may not be a household name but his recruiting has really taken off lately.
“He was new to the position and he grew into it very nicely,” he said.”He got better every week and in my opinion he is the sleeper in the country. He is 6-foot-6, 254 pounds that moves extremely well and has great hands. I am telling you for certain he is the best kept secret in the state if not the country.”
Being new to the school the coach says there was a reason Atkinson was not highly recruited at first.
“I think just because of the fact he was so far behind in the recruiting process, because this was only my second season here. I think if he would have been any other class he would up much higher profile.”