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 is the complete package and one of the most athletic players in the nation on the defensive side of the ball - regardless of class. The 2026 Grayson High School athlete is the No.12 prospect in his class, 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.
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.
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.