From coast to coast, hardly a day goes by this time of year when you don’t read about a football player shockingly transferring from one school to another. For the most part, it is in the college ranks where this takes place but now the mass exodus plague that is sweeping the nation has hit home. Hard!
Earlier this past week it was announced that Jonesboro-Hodge High School and LSU commit, Xavier Atkins has transferred and will play his senior season for Summer Creek High School (SCHS), located in the Houston, TX metro area. The move comes on the heels of Atkins recently being named to the Shreveport Times All-Area First Team and Geaux Preps All-Small School to go along with his repeat selection to the LSWA Class AA first-team defense.
The 4-Star recruit, who is rated as the 7th best player in the Class of 2024 from Louisiana, will make the jump from one of the smaller Class AA schools in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association to a Class 6A school in Texas which is one of the larger programs in the Humble Independent School District.
“I told him he is being given a good opportunity and to make the most of it,” said JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship. “I wish him the best.”
Last season SCHS, which has over 2,700 students, finished with an 8-5 overall record and in third place in Region III, District 21 behind Class 6A state runner-up and nationally ranked North Shore High School in Houston. The widespread district encompasses eight schools from as far north as Humble, north of Houston all the way to Beaumont on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
Atkins leaves JHHS after smashing school all-time career and single-season tackling records in only two years of play and as one of only three players to ever earn back-to-back first-team All-State honors in football. The 6’1”, 205 lb. linebacker burst onto the state scene during his sophomore season where he finished with a state-leading 219 tackles, 27 tackles for a loss, and 180 solo stops, which was also the second-leading total in the nation.
This past season Atkins tallied 121 tackles, 104 solo stops, and 20 tackles for a loss giving him a combined total of 340 tackles, 284 solo stops, and 47 tackles for a loss. Also to his career credit on defense is 3 interceptions (2 which were returned for TDs) 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and four blocked punts, including three in one game this past season, setting still another JHHS record. Careerwise on offense, Atkins had a kickoff return for a TD and four touchdown catches as a wide receiver.
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