By Danny C. Davis
Following a record-breaking season that led Clinton High School to the team’s first-ever state championship, anticipation had been growing about which college Cam Akers would choose. Akers scored a record-breaking 66 touchdowns as a senior at quarterback for the Arrows but, from the very start, was recruited as a running back for college.
After being nationally recruited, Akers, Mississippi’s only five star recruit, had narrowed the list down to six colleges -Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama and Florida State.
Akers had completed requirements to graduate Clinton High School early in December, so he announced his plan to announce his decision on December 27 in order to enroll in college in January. Originally, the announcement venue that was televised and tweeted nationally by the National High School Network, was to be held at C Spire headquarters from Ridgeland. However, due to the anticipated crowd, the signing was moved to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson.
As statewide and local media filed in, many felt that Akers would choose Ole Miss. Others felt he would choose LSU, having grown up a fan of the Tigers. However, many national media outlets had posted during the day that Florida State was Akers’ likely choice.
When the network went live about 7:45 p.m., Akers sat, surrounded by his family, with the hats from the six prospective schools on the desk. Akers did not hesitate by selecting and putting on the Florida State hat and stating FSU was his choice.
Afterwards, Akers said he had only decided two days earlier where he would attend.
“I just felt it was the best situation for my family and myself,” said Akers. “They are a great program with a lot of tradition and have a great coach.”
But Akers said it all came down to where he could play as a freshman.
Florida State’s star running back Dalvin Cook, the Orange Bowl Most Valuable Player, had declared for the NFL draft, and that opened the door for Akers to see immediate playing time at FSU.
“Florida State just offered the best situation for me. With Dalvin leaving, I can work for a starting position. It is like family down there and not too far from home. I wanted to go somewhere that had a good track record at the position [running back].”
Akers will participate in the US Army All American Game on Saturday, January 7, at 12 p.m. He will join Morton, Mississippi, wide receiver D.D Bowie. The game will be played in San Antonio and will be broadcast nationally by NBC and local WLBT Channel 3.
“The whole time I played Clinton, it is was always about my hometown of Clinton and winning our first ever state championship. And now, I just want to make Clinton proud,” said Akers. “I hope I can do that at Florida State.”