Defensive End, Class of 2022
Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC
2020 has been challenging for Leesville Road (NC) 2022 four-star defensive end Beau Atkinson, as his junior season was postponed until the spring. But it hasn’t all been bad.
Atkinson, Rivals.com’s No. 12 weakside defensive end and No. 12 player in North Carolina for 2022, is now up to nine scholarship offers. Most recently, that group includes Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina. But Atkinson said he’s also tried to use his time this fall wisely in getting himself ready for the spring. And while his recruiting is somewhat stalled for now, he hopes it gets moving in the spring, as more college programs see his junior season.
“I’m just lifting like crazy, five, six days a week,” Atkinson said. “I played seven-on-seven and I’ll play tight end, too. I was destroying guys. My footwork and speed got better from that. Then, I got stronger in the weight room, too. I got the top D-lineman award at The Opening and ran a 4.8-second 40, which is faster than what I’ve run before. I feel really good about where I am.”
Virginia Tech offered Atkinson a scholarship in May. That came after he visited Blacksburg March 1 for a junior day, one of only two visits he was able to make before the pandemic.
“With both of the D-line coaches, Coach (Bill) Teerlinck and Coach (Darryl) Tapp, they both have a ton of experience,”...
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