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What’s up with the Atkinsons

Granada High senior twins, track stars and Division I football recruits George and Josh Atkinson have had quite a summer.

With the Atkinsons, it’s been a recruiting crush, times two. The big schools are courting them.

“It’s a dream come true, definitely” George Atkinson III said Monday from outside the Matadors weight room. “It was overwhelming. It all just started rolling in, like a snowball effect with all these different colleges and stuff. I know I’m blessed.”

George said he’s scheduled official visits to two schools so far — Oregon, where he’s already been for a Junior Day, and Notre Dame. He’s also been to Alabama, Miami, USC, and Cal, but said he hasn’t firmed up his other three official trips, saying the twins’ main focus is on Granada’s upcoming season.

Will the twins, both running backs and defensive backs with electric speed, be a package deal?

“It’s a big possibility,” George said. “Our dad (former Oakland Raiders defensive back George Atkinson) wants us to. It would a big help just competing (together) again and telling each other what we have to work on, and stuff like that.”

There has been speculation that George Atkinson III, at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, would be better suited to play outside linebacker or strong safety in college, but he’s being looked at more as a wide receiver and running back, he said.

George said he’s leaning on help from family and his faith in God to help him make the right decision.

Stay tuned …

Matt Schwab