Atkinson is taking his time
George Atkinson III is trying to figure out the recruiting process, which schools he favors, which schools he doesn't and all the while he's also considering which programs might fit best for him and his brother, Josh.
The Atkinson Bros. are going through things individually and could very well end up at different colleges but there is also a good chance they could play together since some places have offered both of them.
Notre Dame and Oregon are two of those programs and Miami has also recently gotten interested in the Livermore (Calif.) Granada standouts. Still, neither Atkinson is in a rush to make a decision. It's expected both will take the summer to consider their options which are plentiful.
"Right now we're not concerned with it," George Atkinson said. "We're going individually and seeing if there is a college together where we could play but we're seeing which schools he likes and which schools I like. If it comes down to picking the same school then that's how it's going to be. Right now it's all off an individual basis.
"It's going to be on an individual basis for sure but we kind of want to stay close together, maybe stay in the same conference and play each other or whatever. It's going to be on an individual basis where he might want to stay home, or he might want to go to Oregon and I might want to go somewhere else out of state."
Oregon is the favorite for Josh Atkinson, a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback who also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, San Jose State, Syracuse, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
No top teams have emerged yet for George Atkinson, although Oregon, Notre Dame and Southern Cal all seem like possible destinations. Alabama just offered Atkinson, who also has Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Illinois, Miami, Nebraska, UCLA and many others involved. He said the new offer from the Crimson Tide definitely will be considered like many others.
"Over the summer we're going to be down in Florida and we might visit Miami together," George Atkinson said. "My dad said he wants to visit Alabama too but they haven't offered my brother yet.
"We're going to wait it out and see what other schools have interest in us. Neither of us is really in a rush."