“I felt like it was the best situation for me. It’s close to home and they’re a great football team,” Akers said. “They develop great young men, they have a great academic program and things like that. My family and I feel like it was the best fit for me.”
The goal of the trip for the Akers family was to pull the trigger and the meeting with Saban sealed the deal.
“Today was a decision-making visit,” he said. “I didn’t take a tour of the campus, I wanted to see where the coach’s heads were at. They told me a lot of things I wanted to hear. Talking to coach Saban was the decision-breaker, he told me what I needed to hear to make my decision final.
“He told me he wouldn't recruit a guy if he didn’t want them to play. He said it would be a waste of time. He was straight forward and talked about how they want you to be successful as young men. It doesn’t matter if you don’t make it to the league or if you don’t, they want you to be successful. That’s really what it’s about, in my eyes.”
Akers, ranked No. 71 in the 2017 Scout 100, plays quarterback for Clinton High but has the ability to play running back or other offensive positions at the next level. He showcased the versatility at camp in Tuscaloosa this summer.
“They view me as a running back for my primary position,” he said. “But of course, if they want to move me outside or on kick returns, it’s something I’d be more than happy to do. I’m an athlete, whatever you need me to do is what I’ll do. I’m not just a running back, I can do it all.”
Looking to make the decision before his junior season to avoid distraction, there’s relief in the Akers camp as fall camp draws near.
“I made the right decision and now I want to focus on winning a state title,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about this for a good while now, me and my family have been talking about the best fit for me and ‘Bama was the school we came to a conclusion on. It was about academics, a winning program and chasing my NFL dreams. Developing a strong relationship with the coaches, this is what we talked about.”
Akers, who will continue to visit other programs going forward, mentioned both in-state SEC programs, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU and Michigan among schools that were in the running for his pledge before the Crimson TIde won out. He becomes the second projected running back in the class alongside No. 3 overall 2017 recruit Najee Harris of California.
Each of the six Alabama commitments in the junior class rank among the top 143 overall prospects in America on Scout.2014 Highlights: