CLINTON, Ms. – After a highly prolific sophomore season, standout athlete Cam Akers has blown up on the recruiting trail. Splitting time between quarterback and running back on offense, Akers racked up 1,800 yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 896 rushing yards and 17 scores on the ground.
As a dynamic athlete with room to grow, Akers is highly sought after from programs across the nation. Right now, Akers has eight offers to his name with Alabama and Michigan leading the way.
This weekend, the Crimson Tide will host Akers on an unofficial visit, and the four-star athlete is looking forward to his trip.
“I have been up there once for a junior day, and I will be back on Sunday,” Akers said. “I’m really just looking for a good time and to develop a strong relationship with their coaches, their running back coach, coach Saban and the rest of the coaching staff, and really looking to see if I feel at home.”
Since a family feel within a program is an important factor for Akers, building relationships with the Alabama staff has been a high priority on past visits as well.
“I talked to coach Barnes when I went up there and he told me how he was watching my film and things like that and they were expecting to offer me,” Akers said. “Then me and coach Saban have a really good relationship, and he has talked to me about the offer. He is the one who offered me, so me and him have a good relationship also.”
According to Akers, it was an exciting feeling to receive a scholarship offer from a high-level division one football program such as Alabama.
“My coach had told me I had an offer from them and my whole face lit up,” Akers said. “I was just happy. Its just a blessing to be able to get an offer from them.”
The Crimson Tide will have to fight to secure a commitment from Akers down the road, though. Lately, Akers has heard the most from Tennessee, Michigan State and Ole Miss in that order, and the four-star prospect is going to visit a host of other top-flight schools during the summer.
“I’m going to Georgia, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State,” Akers said. “I will probably try to make Auburn. I’m going to Tennessee, I went over there and I will try to visit a few more. I will probably just go to visit at most of them, but if they ask me to do drill work then I will do it.”
This summer visit schedule will give Akers the opportunity to taker an in-depth look at all the schools recruiting him at this juncture. Akers already has a strong idea of what he is going to watch out for on these visits.
“I look for the academic program, what are the academics like,” Akers said. “I look at the type of offense the football team has. How much does the running back gets the ball? How much do they spread the ball out? How many running backs do they put in the league each year? I look at all those things when I’m going to a school.”
Another factor that will play into his recruitment is which position he will play at the next level. Akers is unsure of what position he will play, although he is willing to play anywhere on the field.
“Most of them are looking at me as a running back, but Georgia Tech offered me as a quarterback,” Akers said. “I would like to play running back, but I wouldn’t mind playing defensive back or quarterback or whatever else they want to put me at. I just want to go play ball.”
As a ball player, Akers brings a lot to the table. He is very quick and explosive, but also has the football IQ to make the correct play with the football. This is part of what makes Akers such a lethal weapon on the field.
“At running back, I can see the whole field well, I can move well, I can cut well and I break through tackles easily because of my speed,” Akers said. “I have good speed too. As a quarterback I have good vision and I can fit the ball into tight spaces and outthink my opponent. At defensive back, I just like being aggressive. I like jamming people off of the line, but I can also play off of the ball too.”
This offseason, Akers has been focused on taking the next step at quarterback, while also preparing for time in the secondary in 2015.
“It’s been going good,” Akers said of his offseason. “I’ve just been focusing on my footwork and my accuracy a lot. Also trying to get the younger guys better. From a quarterback standpoint, I guess what I’ve really been working on is footwork and accuracy because I went back and watched game by game on my film. I’ve been looking at what I could do to help us win, and my footwork and accuracy wasn’t where it needs to be. I’ve also been working on my defensive back skills because I will be playing a little defensive back this year for my school also.”
Click here for a link to Akers’ sophomore highlight tape.