The leader of the Clinton (Miss.) Arrows remains a wanted man in the college football recruiting world despite a summer commitment to the Alabama Crimson Tide.
So when four-star junior Cam Akers saw Nick Saban’s program in action for the very first time Saturday, he also got the chance to check out another program high on his list during college football’s marquee game.
“Ole Miss has a really good football team and so does ‘Bama,” he said. “I knew it would be a good one. It (the win) does [help], I saw a lot of strengths and weaknesses that they had.
“I’ll probably go down to Ole Miss real soon.”
Akers, projected to play running back in college and threatening five-star status in the process (video below), spent considerable time with his parents, other family members and plenty of UA personnel while in Tuscaloosa. It was his first trip since making his verbal commitment.
“It was a lot of fun, I’m glad I got to go. A really good experience and a good game, I enjoyed it,” he said. “Of course the fan base stood out and the coaches and how they run the ball. They showed me the love there at ‘Bama.
“They (coaches) were good, they showed me plenty of attention out there. They told me a lot of stuff, I can tell they really want me there and they also talked about the game and what happened.”
Seeing Bryant-Denny packed to the brim for a marquee game created a different feeling for one of the Magnolia State’s top prospects regardless of class.
“In a good way, it did (feel different). Just the environment, I’ve never been to a game so I never got a chance to see what it was like,” Akers said. “It was a lot of fun, though.”
Admitting he learned some things that will potentially help UA hold onto his well-contested commitment, Akers’ family did the same while in town.
“They love Alabama a lot and the way they treat me, it’s a big part of my commitment,” he said. “I’m solid with ‘Bama, it just gave me something to look at when I go to other schools and if they treat me better. I’m still Roll Tide, though.”