Carolina Forest’s Atkinson commits to play at SC State

Carolina Forest running back Harold Atkinson is known for breaking long runs, but he won’t have to travel very far to play his college football.

Atkinson verbally committed to South Carolina State on Monday, stiff-arming offers from several out-of-state schools to play in Orangeburg for the FCS-level Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder had received offers from Kentucky of the SEC, NC State of the ACC and Big Ten schools Indiana and Minnesota, as well as Marshall and East Carolina.

Atkinson, who rushed for more than 2,300 yards and scored 22 touchdowns over the past two seasons, may have seen his stock drop after the Panthers’ subpar 2-9 season.

Atkinson voluntarily moved over to linebacker to shore up a struggling defense, Carolina Forest’s improved passing game also cut into his number of carries, but he also showed his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

Atkinson, who may have had to attend junior college for a year to qualify for some of his out-of-state offers, instead opted for SC State after visiting the campus over the weekend. He is expected to play running back for the Bulldogs.

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