Five-star Cam Akers, No. 1 running back prospect in the nation, makes his college decision
Cam Akers’ recruitment has finally come to an end. The five-star running back from Clinton, Miss., made his choice Tuesday during a televised ceremony hosted by the High School Football Network. After keeping his recruitment so close to the vest for many months after decommitting from Alabama in early March, Akers publicly pledged to Florida State.
During the final stages of his recruitment, Akers narrowed his finalists down to the Seminoles, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Alabama, LSU and Georgia.
The 5-foot-11, 213-pound five-star recruit rates as 247Sports‘ No. 1 running back and the top overall prospect from the state of Mississippi for 2017. During his recruitment, the 2017 U.S. Army All-American has drawn favorable comparisons to former Ohio State and current Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Akers, who played quarterback during his prep career, led his Clinton High School team to its first ever 6A state championship this season after putting on an amazing performance in the title game. Akers rushed for 217 yards and five touchdowns while passing for 228 yards and two more touchdowns. His senior season totals are eye-popping: 2,105 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns on the ground, in addition to 3,128 passing yards and 31 touchdowns in the air. Akers finished his high school career with 8,140 passing yards and 78 touchdowns along with 5,103 rushing yards and another 71 touchdowns on the ground.
Aker’s Clinton high school team beat Pearl in the state championship game. Following the contest, Pearl head coach John Perry gave the highest praise possible an opposing coach could give a player.
“Cam is the best player these two eyes have seen,” Perry said, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports. “What he can do with the football is unbelievable.”
We’ll soon find out how well Akers’ excellence on the high school field translates to college football. Judging by his highlight reel, he should have no problem making the adjustment to the game’s next level.