4-star Akers: Saban ‘kept it real’ at camp

Alabama’s recruiting emphasis in the state of Mississippi is no secret and arguably the Magnolia State’s top prospect was in Tuscaloosa to participate in camp at multiple positions. Cam Akers details his latest Tuscaloosa trip and more inside.

When Alabama offered Clinton (Miss.) four-star junior Cam Akers in late April, he called the extension a “dream” offer. He admitted he’d been tracking Nick Saban’s program for some time and that leaving the Magnolia State for college was a true option.

In addition to each in-state SEC offer, Akers has Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Georgia Tech and others to his name in addition to the Crimson Tide. On Sunday, he returned to Tuscaloosa for not only another look at campus, but to put his talent on display during UA’s initial prospect camp of 2015.

“I had a great time, I participated in the camp and everything and I got the chance to talk to coach Sbaan and I really enjoyed talking to him and coach (Bo) Davis,” he said. “I got to work with (running backs) coach (Burton) Burns while at camp and he’s an extraordinary coach. He pushes you to the limit and definitely gets you better.

“I definitely learned a lot of things from the running back position. Coach Burns taught me a lot.”

Akers, who plays quarterback in high school and projects as an athlete to most programs coveting him, moved around during the workout.

“I mainly worked out at running back, but I also went to outside receiver and caught some passes,” he said. “They loved me (at wide receiver), they told me I had the softest hands they have ever seen. They liked my route-running and my speed.

“I try to be versatile,” he added, with a laugh. “Primarily, I’m a running back and always will be, but I’m willing and can do other things.”

After the on-field session, Saban sat down with the top talent.

“It was good, he told me they wanted me there and that Alabama is a great school,” Akers said. “He kept it real in every aspect and definitely made me feel wanted. They’re up there on my list. I just like the tradition they carry on year-by-year with winning and I like the academics, also.”

Akers, who has a busy camp slate ahead of him, has no plans of making an early verbal commitment at this time.

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