Akins has suprising favorite

Fans of Florida State have seen the Seminoles offer several running backs for the class of 2009. Cory Akins, who helped his Madison team win the state championship, is not one of them, but the Noles have been in contact. NoleDigest caught up with the talented running back and to get his thoughts on his recruitment. His favorite may shock some people.

Cory Akins plays on one of the most talented teams in the state of Florida. Sharing time with Seminole commitment Chris Thompson, Akins rushed for 1,700 yards and 24 scores. The stellar junior campaign lead to 2nd team All-State honors, and has allowed him to garner attention from colleges across the nation. Akins claims 5 offers, saying, "I've been offered from Indiana, Florida, Auburn, FIU and FAU. I've been hearing a lot from Florida State, Illinois, Clemson, Alabama, Bethune-Cookman, Maryland, USF, Ole Miss and Colorado State. I've been getting a ton of mail and interest from all of them."

It is no secret that Madison has turned into a pipeline to FSU. So, is Akins going to follow his teammates Travis Arnold, Jaccobi McDaniel and Chris Thompson? Right now it is too early to say. "I'd like to play with them, but we'll see what happens," said Akins. "I like FSU. They have great facilities with the weight room practice field and the academics. I've been there a lot. I hope FSU offers me so I can consider them. If they are the right place, I'll go there."

Akins has had the chance to speak to several coaches on his visits to Florida State. Recently he's talked to Jimbo Fisher and Dexter Carter about how he is as a player. He said, "Coach Carter says that I am a hard working player from the film he's seen. Coach Fisher said that he likes the way I run and for me to keep it up."

The fact that he shares the backfield with Chris Thompson means that when he doesn't fill in for Chris, he often plays fullback. On the next level, though, teams are looking at him as a featured back. "I am a running back all the way. I think my weight, speed and agility makes me a good player. I'm 6' and 200 pounds, so I am bigger than a lot of high school players. That means that I line-up at fullback some. But the coaches I speak to say I am a tailback all the way," explained Akins.

As it stands right now, Cory has 5 schools that have been looking at. He doesn't want to claim that they're his top 5, but says he favors them at this time. He briefly explains them:

Texas: "They are my favorite. I like the program. They're always good and have great academics."

Florida State: "It's closer to home and they'll be in it."

FIU: "Never visited and I don't know too much, but I like the team so far."

Miami: "I've gotten the info and stuff from them. It's a good program."

Clemson: "I like their facilities, the coaches and how they train players."

Cory says that he plans on going through the process, and that location is not too much of a factor at this time. He'd like some playing time like every player does, but he just wants to learn more about the schools offering him. This weekend NoleDigest will get a closer look at him as he intends on attending the Scout.com combine this weekend in Jacksonville. Stay tuned for further updates with Cory and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.


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