Lake Braddock (Burke, VA) rising senior Lamont Atkins is a Cavalier. Atkins, a 5’11”, 200-pound all-purpose back who compiled 1,142 yards rushing and 218 yards receiving his junior season, informed head coach Bronco Mendenhall of his decision while in Charlottesville for the Virginia Spring Game.
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Atkins becomes the sixth recruit in UVA’s 2017 Class, which also includes quarterback Lindell Stone, center Tyler Fannin, defensive lineman Tommy Christ, defensive back Germane Crowell, and safety Joey Blount. Stone, Crowell, and Atkins all came on board this week.
Atkins, who posted an electronically-timed 4.67 40, 4.05-second 20-yard shuttle, and 34.1-inch vertical leap at The Opening D.C. last Sunday, told TheSabre.com previously that he is being recruited by Virginia to play the “small back” position.
“Last year, I played running back mostly but they also lined me up in the slot in certain situations. During my sophomore season, I actually started at wide receiver for the majority of the season,” Atkins said in this EDGE article. “The UVA coaching staff uses a 2-back system and they are looking for me to play the small back position.”
Boston College, Northwestern, Syracuse and Vanderbilt were among the other schools that offered Atkins, an excellent student who also had Ivy League opportunities.
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