Notre Dame will continue to have a heavy influence of players with family members with an NFL connection now that Josh and George Atkinson have given the Irish their verbal pledges. While the Irish love getting both brothers, George is the type of player the Irish can do several things with on either side of the ball.
What To Like
Brian Kelly has just received a verbal pledge from a difference maker in George Atkinson. Listed by Scout.com as a safety, Atkinson is so much more and Kelly will get the most out of all his athletic ability. While it looks like the Irish will place Atkinson on the offensive side of the ball, his ability to run back kicks and to also be a player on the defensive side of the ball makes him the type of player you cannot wait to see play at the college level. Speed, physical size, burst and explosion are just a few of the words that best describe the skill set held by George Atkinson.
What May Concern You
Anytime you take a prospect from a great distance from campus there can be concerns. However, when you also take the prospects brother, there is better chance of there not being an issue with distance. West Coast teams are not going to stop working here but it looks as if the Irish are solid. As a player you have to look very hard to find a major concern.
The Irish kill two birds with one stone in getting the Atkinson brothers to pledge to this class. Not only are other Irish pledges happy with these commitments, fans should be very excited as George and his brother bring speed and skill to the Notre Dame Class of 2011. This is a huge get for the Irish and continues the great class Brian Kelly and his staff are putting together.