In a bit of an unusual move, Georgia tight end signee Hunter Atkinson–who made an 11th hour switch from Cincinnati to Georgia on national signing day–will not be a part of the Bulldogs’ team.
Atkinson had reportedly enrolled at Georgia on June 5th, but has decided not to pursue a playing career with the Bulldogs. He is from West Hall H.S. in Oakwood (Ga.). Atkinson’s recruiting ramped up down the stretch last year. His first big offer came in late October when Cincinnati extended one, and then Illinois, Purdue and Louisville followed suit. At the very last second, the Bulldogs offered the in-state product a scholarship–which he accepted and signed.
But after two weeks on campus, Atkinson changed his mind. He told 247Sports.com that he was thanking the Georgia coaching staff and that he wanted to pursue “other career goals”.
“We will miss Hunter in our freshman class but understand his decision and wish him nothing but the best in achieving his career objectives,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said in a prepared statement.
It remains to be seen if this turns into a transfer situation or whether he is completely withdrawing from football.
Atkinson was a three-star prospect coming out of high school. He’s ranked as highly as the No. 15 tight end in the country by at least one recruiting service. And if there is a thought that this had anything to do with the depth chart, think again. Only four scholarship tight ends are now on Georgia’s roster, and one is fellow true-freshman Jeb Blazevich. The Bulldogs also accepted a commitment from 2015 four-star tight end prospect Jackson Harris last week.