John Atkins did not report with other UGA 2012 recruits on Monday because he has yet to meet college entrance requirements.
“I’m not at UGA yet; I’m a little disappointed but I know there’s a plan for everything,” Atkins told the AJC on Monday evening.
The 6-foot-4, 325-pounder from Thomson High School signed with UGA as part of the 19-member class last February. The defensive lineman was likely to be red-shirted this season with the Bulldogs.
Atkins said he is only “one point away” from a qualifying ACT score.
“I’m going to get it [the test score], and I feel like I can get it,” Atkins said. “I’m going to tutoring all week on how to take it. I’ll be ready for it.”
In the meantime, Atkins will be doing training and conditioning drills with his former high school teammates at Thomson. He said he expects to qualify and report to UGA on July 9 for the second session of summer school.
What if Atkins doesn’t make the test score? Atkins said he has already talked with UGA’s coaches about attending one of three junior colleges, including Georgia Military.
Also, Dodge County High School linebacker Leonard Floyd told the AJC on Monday evening that he will meet with his school counselor to review a final grade in class he needed for his transcript. “I made an A in the class … I’m hoping to be at Georgia this week, and if not this week, then next week.” Floyd said he has not discussed the options of prep schools or juniors colleges with UGA.
Last month, UGA coach Mark Richt told the AJC he felt good about the chances of the entire class qualifying, saying “everybody is in the race.”
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