Five-star running back Cam Akers has narrowed down his recruitment and will announce his commitment on December 27. The Campus Insiders staff gave its predictions on where the nation’s No. 2 running back will end up.
The date has been set. On Dec. 27, a decision will be announced, and we’ll all find out where 5-star prospect Cam Akers will be playing college football.
Akers, the No. 2 running back and No. 4 overall player in the country, is a former Alabama commit, and his recruitment has certainly been an interesting one to follow since he decommitted from the Crimson Tide in early March.
At first, it appears Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs would end up with Akers in their backfield. But since then, Ole Miss, Ohio State, LSU and FSU have all made big plays in his recruitment.
After a long recruitment, Akers released a final list of teams from which he’ll be choosing from: Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, FSU and Tennessee
The Campus Insiders staff got together and offered predictions for where Akers will end up.
This recruitment has been quiet, but nothing short of interesting. For a long time, I thought Akers was going to end up in Oxford playing for the Rebels. There’s something to be said for dressing for your home-state team.
Plus, Ole Miss has never landed a blue-chip running back of Akers’ caliber before. However, I believe Akers will pass up the opportunities of playing with Shea Patterson and stay close to home.
Florida State is the leader, and he’ll end up in Tallahassee looking to fill the gigantic shoes Dalvin Cook is leaving behind. Jimbo Fisher has been very involved in Akers’ recruitment, and FSU can offer both early playing time and young weapons around Akers. Deondre Francois will take a giant leap forward as a quarterback next season, and Akers will be able to play from Day 1.
This is where Ole Miss and Hugh Freeze’s future due to NCAA violations will play a big part against them landing a big commitment, even one from inside the Magnolia State. Now that Dalvin Cook is leaving for the NFL, Akers could seriously battle for the starting running back for the Seminoles in his freshman season … he’s that’s good. He will spurn the Rebels and go to Tallahassee.
The former Alabama commit received a visit from Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher before the recruiting dead period hit, so we’ll see if that may have put the Seminoles ahead in the race for the pledge of the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year. The hometown Rebels are also strong contenders, but keep an eye on LSU. The Tigers will be losing the services of star Leonard Fournette, and there’s a chance that Derrius Guice could leave after next season. Ed O and his staff will close on Akers and bring him to Baton Rouge to play in Death Valley.
Last I checked, Florida State needs a starting running back next season. By picking FSU, Akers would likely see a starting role right out of the gate, and he’d be playing for one of the top two programs in the ACC with a legitimate chance to contend for the CFP in his first season. I’m not saying schools like Ole Miss or LSU don’t have a chance, but I’m not sure they can offer what Florida State has to offer in terms of instant playing time and team success in the immediate future.
Before we get to the prediction, can we stop for a moment and acknowledge that Akers was in attendance for two of the season’s best games. Watching Clemson’s comeback victory at Doak Campbell and then taking an official visit to Ohio State for The Game, I mean it doesn’t get better than that. Good scheduling on the young man’s part.
As for a landing spot, this one is FSU’s to lose. Tim Brewster is one of the game’s top recruiters, and an 11th hour visit from Jimbo Fisher before the dead period should be enough to sway any indecisive player.
Factor in the career Dalvin Cook just turned out in Tallahassee (and that he’s leaving a noticeable opening in the roster), as well as the fact that his other suitors are either stacked in the backfield (UGA – Nick Chubb/Sony Michel, Tennessee – Alvin Kamara [probably]/Jon Kelly, Alabama – Damien Harris/Bo Scarbrough, LSU – Derrius Guice) or in the throes of an NCAA investigation (hello, Ole Miss), and FSU has this one in the bag.