It's no secret that Oregon has long been a favorite for Josh Atkinson and the Livermore (Calif.) Granada cornerback confirmed as much Monday at the Pete Carroll Win Forever Festival in Carson, Calif., but Atkinson is considering other options along with his brother, George.
"It's how they run their program," Atkinson said of Oregon.
"Their facilities are off the chain and I saw their practice and they go get it. They work hard and that's what I love doing. They want to be the best just like me and it fits perfectly. I love the coaching staff. I love the players and the program.
"They're probably No. 1 but a lot of schools are up there like SC, I just went and visited their campus and got to talk to the coaching staff and competed at the camp so that's a good place to be. They said they're really interested and they're finishing up the evaluation process."
Arizona, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, Syracuse, Utah, Washington and Washington State have offered Atkinson, a three-star prospect rated as the No. 43 cornerback nationally and the No. 66 recruit in the California state rankings by Rivals.com.
The Ducks are Atkinson's frontrunner but this summer could prove crucial because the brothers will visit Miami and Alabama - both schools have offered George but not Josh - and plan to participate with the West squad in the Gridiron Kings event in Florida.
Other than Oregon, Atkinson said Southern Cal is starting to stand out along with Notre Dame and Washington.
There has been a lot of talk that the Atkinson Bros. will choose the same college but both said Monday that they plan to go through the recruiting process individually. If they end up at the same school that would be great but they're not absolutely going to the same place no matter what.
"It would be pretty tough but we have to make the best decision for us individually," Atkinson said.
"We're not going to go to a school where we don't want to be just because the other brother wants to go there. We'll go from there. It will be hard leaving my brother. I know he can't live without me."