Tuscarora lineman Christophe Atkinson (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruitNoVA)
Ohio will soon be home for Christophe Atkinson
by Andy Hilton, recruitNoVA
Recruiting is ultimately about the player finding out more about himself and figuring out the right fit for his future.
In the case of Tuscarora lineman Christophe Atkinson (2019 OL/DL 6-4 270), the right fit is in the MAC with Ohio University.
100% committed to Ohio University! Big thank you to @CoachSolich @Coach_BMiller @johnea63 @CoachWheels1 @CoachT_59 @AlDJock @BigSkillsAcad and every one that helped and guided me throughout this process! pic.twitter.com/D8fLChlBHV
— Christophe Atkinson (@Christophe_E_A) June 20, 2018
“I only visited Ohio University twice (once for their football camp and again for an elite prospect visit day) and that was all it took for me to realize it was the place for me. They have an amazing campus and architecture plus they offer a degree program that is of great interest to me: exercise physiology,” Atkinson explained. “Ohio University has a very competitive football program and has had continued success. The school itself has great academics.”
Coach Brandon Wheelbarger was an assistant coach on last year’s Tuscarora team that went all the way to the Class 5 State Championship game before they fell to three-time champ Highland Springs. Coach Wheelbarger understands the importance of program building. In his first year as the head coach, Wheelbarger is pushing hard to extend the success that the Huskies have already grown to appreciate.
“His offers were starting to increase and there was continued interest from multiple schools, most at the 1A level. Christophe is a loyal kid and wanted to commit where he felt valued. Ohio did a great job making him feel that,” the coach said. “He was being recruited by their O-Line Coach, Coach Bart Miller. So there was a relationship there from the beginning with him being recruited as an OL. It felt like home for him very quickly.”
Atkinson picked Ohio University over offers from New Hampshire, Kent State, Richmond, and Morgan State.
– Andy Hilton