Atkinson (center) will get to live out his dream.
They may have waited till the very last second, but the Georgia Bulldogs helped fulfill the dream of a high school kid.
According to The Macon Telegraph’s Seth Emerson, 3-star tight end and former Cincinnati commit Hunter Atkinson will sign with Georgia today:
News: Per http://t.co/EFqMgVgDyz, Georgia has a new commitment from TE Hunter Atkinson, previously a Cincinnati commit. Will sign today.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) February 5, 2014
Although the Bulldogs’ offer came on the eve of national signing day, the decision was a no-brainer for the Oakwood, Ga., native.
“I’ve been praying every night that this would happen; it’s a dream come true,” Atkinson said, via AccessNorthGA.com’s Mogran Lee. “It’s where my heart has always been.”
The 6’6”, 250-pounder is set to become the second West Hall High player to play his college football at Georgia. Former Spartans wide receiver Martrez Milner played in Athens from 2002-06.
After making an official visit on Jan. 17—and without Georgia's offer to consider—Atkinson decided to commit to the Bearcats on Jan. 31.
But just when all hope was lost, West Hall head coach Tony Lotti received a call on Tuesday evening from Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
“They had been wanting to offer him but just were waiting to see if the numbers would work out,” Lotti said, per Lee’s report. “It’s been a long night. We’ve been up all night talking and getting everything set, but this is so exciting for Hunter and West Hall.”
With Atkinson, the Bulldogs now have 20 commitments for 2014. It’s a class that currently ranks No. 8 in the nation, according to 247Sports’ football recruiting team rankings.
Other than Georgia and Cincinnati, Atkinson fielded offers from Louisville, Purdue and Wake Forest among others.
Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.