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Atkinson raves about trip to Oregon

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George Atkinson III visited Oregon last weekend for its junior day and the Livermore (Calif.) Granada prospect said he was blown away - by the facilities, the coaches and his possible future opportunity with the Ducks.
"I definitely liked how they run things, up-tempo with their practices," Atkinson said. "It's like an official program. There is nothing mediocre about it. They have a good schedule going with their practices and their facilities are great. It's nice. I love it there.
"They're definitely in my top three. I can't do any orders but they're definitely a top three choice. It's tough to say right now. It's still kind of early."
Oregon is recruiting Atkinson, a 6-foot-2, 194-pound prospect, at wide receiver and he said he's perfectly fine with that after chatting with some Ducks' coaches this past weekend. Coach Chip Kelly said, according to Atkinson, that he could see time in the backfield as well.
"Playing receiver is fine with me," Atkinson said. "They said I can get the ball in space a lot and I was talking to coach Kelly a little bit and he was talking about how they could put me at running back too or at both positions."
Oregon's football facilities are one of the nation's best and Atkinson, a Rivals 250 to watch member, certainly took notice. He said from the weight room to the academic center to other amenities the facilities greatly impressed him.
"Everything they have is nice," Atkinson said. "They have three underwater treadmills. That's ridiculous. A hot tub. A cold tub. They have everything."
California, Notre Dame and Southern Cal are three other standout programs for Atkinson, who's being recruited as a running back and defensive back by some schools, too. He was one of the better-looking recruits at the recent Rivals.com Five-Star Academy held at Cal.
Atkinson said his next trip, hopefully, is to Southern Cal and UCLA. The Bruins have already offered and there is some chatter that the Trojans could offer as well. Arizona, Arizona State, Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon State, San Diego State, Washington and Washington State have also offered.
Atkinson's brother, Josh, is also a top recruit. The 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback has already been offered by Arizona, Oregon, San Jose State and Washington.
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