~By Cody Butler
Banks Atkins is a talented 6’1” 170lb quarterback in the class of 2022 for the Roswell Junior Hornets. Atkins was named B2C All American previously for his accomplishments on the gridiron. He led Georgia to a win over Florida in the Future Stars Game this past summer. During the fall, Atkins was the starter for the Roswell 8th grade Hornets. Growing up playing ball in the feeder system, he will move on to Roswell High School with goals of leading them back to the State Championship.
Despite team struggles as an 8th grade unit this fall, Adkins created highlight reel touchdowns on multiple occasions. “We were playing Etowah earlier on in the season. First play of the game our protection broke down so I rolled out of the pocket to motion our receiver to the sideline and hit him 40 yards on the run for a touchdown out of the gate”, Atkins explained. “I remember midway through the second quarter we had possession around the 20 when I dropped the ball over the defensive back on a go route for an 80 yard touchdown”.
Atkins has tools to be a play-maker at the next level. Good size, great mechanics, and the arm strength needed to make all the throws. His confidence on the field serves him well as a leader. “I take control of the team in the huddle. Once you get everybody going the offense starts to click and it’s pretty cool to see”, said Atkins.
His favorite college is playing against his hometown team this January in the Rose Bowl, creating a fun New Year’s atmosphere. “Oklahoma is the first team I started watching. They’ve been my favorite since I can remember. Sam Bradford is one of my favorite quarterbacks, as well as Baker Mayfield obviously. I’ve always liked Bob Stoops and their system”, he explained. “We run a lot of read option here at Roswell also. “I can read defenses and run RPOs. I’m working with a quarterback coach this off season trying to get faster, stronger, and even quicker with my timing”. Atkins will play basketball this winter before gearing up for his transition into high school football next spring.