Posted: 9:45 am Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Pahokee’s Rontavious Atkins commits to South Florida 

By Jason Lieser

Pahokee LB/DB Rontavious Atkins said he is committed to the University of South Florida.

Rantavious Atkins defends Pahokee teammate Keith Patrick during a 2009 practice. (Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post)

Rantavious Atkins defends Pahokee teammate Keith Patrick during a 2009 practice. (Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post)

Blue Devils coach Blaze Thompson said he spoke with the staff at USF this morning and confirmed that the Bulls have accepted Atkins’ commitment.

Atkins said by text he chose USF because the coaches pursued him more than any other program did, it is close to home and the Bulls have a good history of producing defensive backs. He also said he will continue to consider other offers.

He is likely to play safety for the Bulls.

Atkins, who will be a senior this fall, started for the Blue Devils on a senior-laden team last year and is their top college prospect.

Wake Forest was the first to offer Atkins (6-1, 190, No. 14 on The Big Board), but the school seemed to cool on him and fell out of favor. He also had offers from Bowling Green and Florida International.

Atkins is the first Pahokee player to commit this spring. In the area’s upcoming senior class, six of the top 18 prospects have committed.

All commitments are non-binding. No player is locked into a school until he signs a national letter of intent in February or enrolls early in January.