ATHENS - A name that wasn't publicly on Georgia's radar has become another signing-day surprise.
Hunter Atkinson, a tight end at West Hall High School in Gainesville, was offered a scholarship and accepted. Atkinson had been committed to Cincinnati, but jumped at the offer from the in-state Bulldogs.
Atkinson, listed at 6-foot-6 and 254 pounds, will be a tight end to start his career, but coaches didn't rule out a move to offensive line down the road. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Atkinson is the same size as Daniel Inman, a graduate assistant and former Georgia offensive lineman who towers over many current players.
"He definitely has a frame (for line)," Bobo said. "But recruiting the kid, and talking to him, I said: Son, we're just gonna let your body do what it would do naturally.
"But when it comes in he's going to be in that tight end room and I think he can help us next year, because of what he can do. Everybody thinks he's so big, he's just a blocking tight end. But he's got a good skill set too. He's a good athlete."
Rusty Mansell, the analyst at Dawgs247.com, called Atkinson the "biggest sleeper in the country."
Atkinson was lightly-recruited because he only moved to tight end only recently. He is rated a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite.
The news increases the chances that Jeb Blazevich, the team's other tight end signee, will play this season rather than redshirt. The Bulldogs are now set to have four scholarship tight ends, including holdovers Jay Rome and Jordan Davis.