June 4, 2012

Freshmen arrive



For the family of incoming freshman Jordan Jenkins, Monday was a day they'd been waiting on for a long time.

"He's very excited to get his college and playing (career) started," R.J. Jenkins said of his son, one of 14 members of the 2012 signing class who joined early enrollees Keith Marshall, Mark Beard and Faton Bauta on campus Monday.

Jenkins wasn't alone.

Josh Dawson, John Theus, Todd Gurley, James DeLoach, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Colin Barber, Quayvon Hicks[/b], [db]Marshall Morgan, Greg Pyke, Blake Tibbs, Ty Smith, Sheldon Dawson and Jonathan Taylor all arrived on campus, before their indoctrination into college football begins Tuesday.

However, two players remain on the outside looking in.

Both Leonard Floyd and John Atkins remain at home while their attempt to get their respective academic issues squared away before they are able to arrive on campus. Both hope to be able to do so soon.

"I've got to get my test scores first before I can move on," said Atkins, who retook his SAT on June 2 and plans to take his ACT on June 9.

"I hope to get to Athens in late June or early July," Atkins said. "I'm ready to get there and get going."

Atkins said he's just one point shy of having the qualifying score on his ACT.

If Atkins can't, the former Thomson standout said he will go the junior college route before returning to UGA.

But he hopes that won't be the case.

Atkins would much rather join the rest of his future teammates in Athens, a place he's made several visits to since signing with the team back in February.

"I've been hanging around up there," Atkins said. "I'm just ready to be a Bulldog and continue to be a Bulldog. I've just got to do what I've got to do (with the tests)."

Atkins said he's been told he'll play nose once he does arrive.

"That's what the coaches are telling me," said Atkins, who added that he currently weighs 325 pounds. "I like it; anywhere on the line is fine with me."