Recruiting news: Atkins visits LSU, Smith and Leonard invited to GSU Jr. Day

After the 2021 football season Jonesboro-Hodge High School had a school record six players sign with colleges to continue their football career. With signing day having come and gone colleges recruiters are now turning their attention to the classes of 2023 and 2024.

Fortunately for JHHS the cupboard is not bare heading into next season and as result of their breakout performances last fall, several players “up and comers” have been contacted and have made or will be soon visiting colleges. 

Atkins takes official visit to LSU

For junior to be linebacker Xavier Atkins this is old hat. After making visits and SEC schools Missouri, where he committed and Mississippi State, Atkins took a trip to Baton Rouge last week for an official visit to LSU. Soon he is expected to make a visit to Big 12 member Oklahoma State as well. Currently Atkins, who led the state of Louisiana in tackles, solo stops and tackles for a loss is rated 3-Stars by Rivals Recruiting Service. 

Smith, Leonard invited to GSU Jr. Day

On April 2nd, Grambling State University will host their annual Junior Day where the top junior football players from last fall will get a chance to meet with the GSU football staff and new head coach Hue Jackson. Being invited from Jonesboro-Hodge is lineman Peyton Smith and defensive back / wide receiver Chase “Smoke” Leonard. Smith was the leading tackler among defensive linemen last year while Leonard was a key component as a two-way player for the Class AA state semifinalist Tigers. 

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