FSU will most likely be saying goodbye to one star running back when Dalvin Cook heads to the NFL Draft, but a possible replacement could be on the way, as 5-star running back recruit Cam Akers (5-11, 213) of Clinton, Mississippi commits Tuesday night.
Akers is considered the second best running back in the country, and the fourth best player overall; he would be a huge pull for FSU, who would have managed to get the top player from Mississippi while Ole Miss and 40 others are in hot pursuit.
Akers was recruited by running backs coach Jay Graham, and tight ends coach Tim Brewster, and joins fellow RB commits Khalan Laborn and Zaquandre White, rounding out an extremely impressive running back class for the ‘Noles in 2017.
In addition to receiving interest from the Seminoles and Rebels, Akers also has offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Georgia, and LSU, along with several others. He is a former Alabama commitment.
What’s more, Akers is expected to enroll in January, which means he will be in Tallahassee to participate in spring practice and begin learning the offense ahead of the 2017 season.
The primary competition was Ole Miss, as elite players rarely leave the state of Mississippi. But Florida State got Akers, as well as his important family members, on campus three times in the last year and that may have proved to be the difference.
Many insiders believe that if Ole Miss was free of potential major NCAA penalties, and if the Rebels had shown more interest in running the football over the last three years, Akers would have been locked up to Oxford. But that is not the case, and so Akers’ recruitment became a major battle.
Akers had an otherworldly performance in the Mississippi title game with seven touchdowns en route to a State Championship; highlights from that game and the rest of his spectacular career are below:
If you’re thinking that Akers’ film is one of the best you’ve ever seen, we agree. His combination of size and explosiveness is extremely rare, and Akers could immediately be competing for the starting job in Tallahassee. He is rated even higher than Dalvin Cook was at the same stage.
With Akers’ commitment, Florida State’s recruiting class has risen to No. 5 in the nation, behind only Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, and Michigan.