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Tyler Atkinson wearing a custom Xenith Shadow with the AtkinUp logo on it.
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Xenith Inks First NIL Deal with High School Football Talent, Tyler Atkinson

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November 29th, 2023

Keenan Crow

Xenith is excited to announce its inaugural Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) partnership with Tyler Atkinson, a versatile defensive player from Grayson High School in Loganville, GA. 

Tyler's physical ability, as well as his mental focus and toughness, are what helps set him apart from other players in his class. He's also one of the most athletic players in the nation on the defensive side of the ball. The 2026 Grayson High School athlete ranks as the nation's No. 2 LB and the No. 11 overall prospect for 2026, according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings

“AtknUp with Xenith feels like a reward for the countless hours and effort I’ve put into football," says Atkinson. “It underscores that dedication and a strong focus on your craft can open up incredible doors.”

Tony Saunders, CEO of Xenith, is impressed by Atkinson’s overall impact. “Tyler’s remarkable character, supported by his family and his creative flair on the field, really stood out to us. Inspiring and supporting the next generation of athletes is a core value at Xenith, and Tyler exemplifies this.”

A collaboration between Xenith and Tyler's own "AtknUp" brand will bring an exciting dimension to this new partnership, showcasing the synergy between Atkinson’s vision and Xenith’s expertise.

Tyler Atkinson adjusting his helmet.
Close-up front view of Tyler Atkinson wearing a Xenith helmet.
Close-up side view of Tyler Atkinson wearing a Xenith helmet and Xenith branded jersey.
Tyler Atkinson taking reps at the Rivals Camp Series stop in Atlanta.
Tyler Atkinson during the Under Armor All America game.

Of course, Tyler's parents couldn't be more proud of their son for all of his dedication and hard work in the pursuit of his dream, and they hope this monumental moment can inspire other young athletes to do the same.

“Celebrating this partnership with Xenith, we feel immense pride in Tyler’s achievements. It’s a vivid reminder that commitment and passion in your pursuits can truly open doors to exceptional opportunities," said Victor and Laura Atkinson, Tyler’s parents. “This moment is not just a milestone for Tyler but a beacon of inspiration for all young athletes striving towards their dreams.”

Watch highlights of top 2026 linebacker Tyler Atkinson take reps at the Rivals Camp Series stop in Atlanta.

Being one of the top athletes in his class and with over 40 offers from multiple powerhouse schools like Georgia, Alabama, Texas, LSU, and more, Tyler is likely to tour multiple schools before making his final decision.

Scouting Report / H.S. Athletic Background

2023: Currently still playing in-season, but has set new school records and leads the state (GA) in tackles. 

2022: MaxPreps Freshman All-American - Helped Grayson go 10-3 and make a deep run in Georgia’s AAAAAAA playoffs, totaled 112 tackles (22 TFL), 24 QBH, 8 sacks and 4 PBU. Participated in the FBU Freshman All-American Bowl where he was named a top performer by 247Sports.

2021: Became the first-ever 8th grader to earn an invite to the All-American Bowl. Participated in the UA Next All-America Game and was named the 2020 FBU National MVP.