Tuscarora lineman Christophe Atkinson (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruitNoVA)
recruitNoVA Fab 30: Christophe Atkinson of Tuscarora HS is #12
by Andy Hilton, recruitNoVA
Our #12 player in the recruitNoVA Fab 30 for 2018 was an MVP on both sides of the ball. He lead his team to the State Championship game, which was the second time in the eight year history of the school. Excellence is already expected at Tuscarora.
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in all of Northern Virginia. That’s a tall task, considering that we track the talent at 86 high school programs in the region. Coming into our countdown as the #12 senior prospect region-wide is Tuscarora offensive lineman Christophe Atkinson.
#12 Christophe Atkinson (2019 OT 6-4 270) – Tuscarora High School
Over the summer, Atkinson made his college commitment to Ohio University. For Christophe, the decision was about loyalty and fit.
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 may be headed to Ohio as an offensive lineman, but it was his work on the defensive line that led him to be honored in 2017. Christophe was a First Team All-Region 5C selection on the defensive line in his junior season. As a senior, there’s a good chance he’ll get post-season honors on offense and defense.
– Andy Hilton
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